Field of action

Political participation and e-government

Political participation reflects the participation of citizens in democratic life. Technological developments make new forms of participation in political processes possible and change the needs of citizens. At the same time, the processes of political participation are changing and forming new forums, which function differently and influence different participants than previously. These changes must be taken into consideration. Unrestricted access to instruments of political involvement allows all citizens to participate autonomously in political and public life.
The media make a substantial contribution to the functioning of democracy, to informing the population, to democratic opinion-forming and to control over state activity. Emerging online platforms and social media affect these important functions of the media for the public debate in a sustainable manner, by making possible new channels of communication, interactive exchange with the population and new differentiated business models.
The digitalisation of political rights is continuing to progress in accordance with the principle of “security before speed”. The transparency and trustworthiness of deployed systems are being supported on an ongoing basis.
It is a requirement of e-government to use technological developments to optimise administrative activity, in particular in the interaction between the authorities and the population as well as businesses. e-government contributes to Switzerland continuing to be one of the most attractive locations for organisations and businesses in the future and having an efficient administration.

Contribution of the field of action to the UN's sustainable development goals

Objectives [ 5 ]
The public service in the media sphere promotes political participation and strengthens democracy

The media make an essential contribution to democratic opinion-forming. Balanced information, transparency and comprehensibility of sources of information constitute the foundation for this and enable people in Switzerland as well as Swiss citizens abroad...

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1 Measures
New technologies are used to strengthen political participation by the population and businesses

Switzerland sees new technologies as an opportunity for democracy. Digitalisation can contribute to broader political participation on the part of the population and groups in civil society. The main task of the state is to prepare and make available to t...

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3 Measures
The population and the economy can use digital methods to conduct their business with the authorities

To enable the population and businesses to conduct their business with the authorities electronically and efficiently regardless of their location, the electronic services provided by authorities will be provided in such a way that they can be used centra...

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9 Measures
The basis modules and infrastructure for a country-wide expansion of the digital administration are available nationally

Basic services in digital administration are fundamental for user-friendly and efficient conclusion of electronic processes. The provision of services and infrastructures for identity and access management and for the use and management of data are key. T...

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Networking is strengthened at all federal levels

In Switzerland’s federal system, exchanges of experiences and cooperation are particularly important. Special attention must therefore be paid on the one hand to coordination between the Confederation, the cantons and the municipalities and on the other...

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2 Measures