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The Swiss IGF 2017 takes place on Tuesday, 30 May, all day, at Welle7 (Deck 3) in Berne.

This year, the Swiss IGF will once again be held under key challenges of digitalization in Switzerland and has developed an exciting programme from a Call for Issues. Registration for the event is possible from 1 April on our website – see:

Programme preview:

08:30 – 09:00 Assembly and coffee
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and opening address, Philipp Metzger, OFCOM Director


Setting the scene: Markus Kummer, ISOC-CH

09:20 – 10:30 Plenum 1: Security by Empowerment

State regulation, monitoring and control or responsible use of the internet? How can we ensure that providers and users can navigate the internet safely? What knowledge should they have (or what knowledge should be promoted in society) and how can this be achieved? Which stakeholders can/must play which role? What are the consequences of a delegation of responsibility? Or how much digitisation can democracy stand?


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Plenum 2: The Data Economy – Value Creation Aspects of Data:

Under what conditions and frameworks can data be managed and processed while stimulating economic innovation?


12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break (buffet lunch)
13:30 – 15:00 Parallel workshop 1

Swiss Data-Alliance on

“Open Content SRG”

Parallel workshop 2

New regulation against extremism and Fake news needed?

Parallel workshop 3

“Rethink Privacy”



15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:00 Plenum 3: Access and Regulatory Requirements — Copyright as Barrier or Cornerstone?


– New rules for providers, including network barring and copyright robots,

– Significance for science: new barriers and second publication rights,

– Challenges for libraries, esp. borrowing and lending rights, orphan works, catalogue prerogative, archiving.

17:00 – 17:30 Wrap-up und prospects / What now? – Message to the global IGF in December in Geneva

Co-moderation: Thomas Schneider, OFCOM, and Wolf Ludwig, Swiss IGF

The Swiss IGF is the national multi-stakeholder platform in which, since 2015, current questions and challenges of Swiss network policy have been discussed each year. It is an interactive forum with short inputs and with no separation between experts and public. Participants are included with equal entitlement in all debates and at the end agree on the annual “Message from Berne”.

As in past years, the Swiss IGF 2017 will be held in three languages – German, French and English – with simultaneous translation (except for workshops/side rooms).

Please register ASAP!