Swiss Internet Governance Forum

Tuesday, 19. May 2015
08:30 - 17:45
Laupenstrasse 15, 3001 Bern

The establishment of a Swiss IGF aims to enable Swiss players to interactively discuss among themselves topical questions concerning governance of the internet. The event, organised for 19 May 2015 in Bern, has the aim of setting up a national IGF exchange platform in Switzerland, enabling all interested parties to give their opinion and to conduct exchanges with players in the worlds of politics, business, civil society and science. As in EuroDIG – the European IGF – the dialogue will not be conducted primarily by a group of experts but, if possible, by all participants on an equal footing.

Registration is open.


08:30 – 09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and opening, with Philipp Metzger, OFCOM Director

Introduction 1
Internet governance multi-stakeholder model, Peter Gruetter, Asut

Introduction 2
Between global and local, context and assignments with Markus Kummer, director of ICANN

09:30 – 10:30 Plenum 1
Who can I still trust on the internet in the post-Snowden era? How do the revelations affect us as users? What are specific Swiss features and opportunities?

The key concepts for this plenum are “trust” and “users” in the post-Snowden era, where monitoring, abuse of personal data, loss of any private sphere or any informational self-determination seem pervasive. What are the consequences for users? Is “empowerment” the only way out?
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Plenum 2
Security, provider liability, data retention, consumer protection and general terms and conditions – where do the respective responsibilities lie?

The concepts of “security” and “freedom” can be conflicting and careful attention must be given to appropriately balancing measures, laws and established fundamental rights. Should all internet service providers (ISPs) be required to provide support services to law enforcement agencies? Can data retention without suspicion actually ensure improved security? Service providers’ general terms and conditions are frequently obscure and hardly offer effective protection for consumers. Where do the respective responsibilities lie for the state, society, business and consumers/users? The key concept for this plenum is “responsibility”.
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break (buffet lunch)
13:30 – 15:00 Parallel workshop 1
Open and big data – all data?
Opportunities, risks, obstacles and perspectives for data handling
Parallel workshop 2
.swiss – an introduction
Parallel workshop 3
(option open for “hotspot”)
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00 Plenum 3
Access to content and services – what obstacles and barriers must be overcome?

“Accessibility” is a key concept in network politics. But “access for all” often remains more a desire than a reality. On the one hand there continue to be barriers for various population groups (including the disabled), and copyright restrictions endanger open access to content (e.g. in science and research). In terms of access to services, network neutrality is a prerequisite for many. What basis is necessary for “access for all” and how can this vision be implemented in practice?
17:00 – 17:45 Wrap-up/summary/what next? – Message to the global IGF