Principles & main goals
1. Putting people first
The Confederation's digital policy places people at the forefront of an inclusive democratic information and knowledge-based society. To ensure that people are integrated into the digital society, they must be involved in the processes of digital transformation. These include greater empowerment for independent action, the protection of people and their rights and more opportunities to participate actively in political and social life under digital conditions.
2. Providing room for development
For Switzerland it is crucial for society and the economy to have room for digital development. Political entities and authorities facilitate digital transformation as far as they are able, and where necessary, support it. Appropriate general conditions are therefore being created to this end.
3. Facilitating structural change
The transformation of existing structures demands a conceptual rethink at all federal levels and brings into question traditional forms of living together and economic activity. This strategy lays the foundations for promoting the social cohesion of the regions and cultural diversity and for improving resilience. It contributes to the inclusive and equal-opportunity development of digital Switzerland. The state will actively facilitate the structural change associated with digitalisation.
4. Networking the design of transformation processes
In order to exploit the opportunities associated with structural change and to overcome challenges successfully, these must be approached in a comprehensive manner which is integrated nationally and internationally. In this connection, Switzerland can build on a position of strength, with particular reference to its multicultural character, its readiness to engage in dialogue and to achieve a consensus and its direct democratic processes which are characterised by pragmatism.
1. Enabling equal participation for all and strengthening solidarity
Switzerland will take advantage of the opportunities of digitalisation for the well-being of its inhabitants and will tackle the inherent risks in a consistent fashion. The participation of all Switzerland's inhabitants in social, political and economic life will be guaranteed. The fair distribution of opportunities and perspectives strengthens social solidarity as a major pillar of co-existence.
2. Guaranteeing security, trust and transparency
Switzerland’s inhabitants should be able to move within the digital world just as safely as they do in the real world and they should be protected from digital abuse and from unwarranted persecution. Transparent, data-based services strengthen trust and respect individual development and people's self-determination.
3. Further improving the digital empowerment of people
The competencies of the Swiss population should be further strengthened so that the opportunities of digitalisation can be comprehensively exploited. Thanks to lifelong learning, people should always be in a position to participate competently in digitalised political, social, cultural and economic processes and to assess the consequences of their own actions as appropriately as possible.
4. Ensuring value creation, growth and well-being
Switzerland will develop its strengths as an innovative and cosmopolitan national economy and create the basic conditions for innovations and digital business models in such a way that value creation, economic growth and prosperity can be achieved in the best possible way. Obstacles to entry into the market will continue to be removed so that innovative companies can prosper and competition can be improved. In this way the common good is strengthened and the sustainability of public finances is secured.