Purpose of the strategy
Today digitalisation increasingly defines our lives. For a country such as Switzerland which lacks natural resources it is important to make the best use of the opportunities which arise for society and the economy from digital change, for the well-being of all. With its stable political system and its proven high innovative capability, Switzerland has a good starting point to continue in the digital future to apply the successful model of an open and modern Switzerland which is fit to live in. Digital transformation makes a key contribution to the sustainable development of our country and the achievement of the UN's Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To ensure that everyone living in Switzerland can benefit from the advantages of digital transformation, the authorities at all federal levels, civil society, businesses, science and the world of politics must tackle change together. Constant dialogue between all stakeholder groups helps to anticipate future challenges.
Against this background the Federal Council, with its strategy, defines the guidelines for a “digital Switzerland” and urges all stakeholders in digital Switzerland to approach relevant implementation projects and cross-sectional topics together. The action plan includes as an integral part of the strategy the specific measures to achieve the strategic goals.
Putting people at the forefront
The Confederation's digital policy places people at the forefront of an inclusive democratic information and knowledge-based society. So that they can contribute to shaping digital society, they must be included in the digital transformation processes, along with their desires and fears. These include greater empowerment for independent and self-determined action, the protection of people and their rights, social cohesion and solidarity among groups of the population, as well as more opportunities to participate actively in political and social life under digital conditions.
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 to support it, where necessary. Appropriate general conditions are therefore being created to this end.
Facilitating structural change
The digital transformation of existing structures demands a change in thinking at all federal levels and brings into question traditional forms of living together and economic activity. This strategy lays down the foundations for promoting the social cohesion of the regions and cultural diversity and for strengthening the resilience of infrastructures. It contributes to the inclusive and equal-opportunity development of digital Switzerland. The state wishes to actively facilitate the structural change which digitalisation involves.
Networking the shaping of transformation processes
In order to exploit the opportunities associated with structural change and to overcome new challenges successfully, these must approached in a cross-sectoral 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.
Enabling equal participation for all and strengthening solidarity
Switzerland is taking advantage of the opportunities of digitalisation for the well-being of its population and is tackling the risks of digitalisation in a consistent fashion. The participation of all Switzerland's inhabitants in social, political and economic life is also being guaranteed in the digital space. The fair distribution of opportunities and perspectives strengthens social solidarity as a major pillar of living together.
Guaranteeing security, trust and transparency
In Switzerland, inhabitants must be able to move within the digital world just as safely as in the real world and they must be protected from digital abuse and from unwarranted persecution. Transparent, data-based services strengthen trust and respect in relation to individual development and people's self-determination.
Continuing to strengthen people's digital empowerment and self-determination
The skills of the Swiss population must be further strengthened so that people can take part in digital life actively and as self-reliantly as possible. Thanks to lifelong learning, people should be able to participate competently, in their everyday lives and in crisis situations, in digitalised political, social, cultural and economic processes and to assess the consequences of their own actions as appropriately as possible. In this context, special attention is being given to protecting the basic and human rights of all citizens in both the analogue and digital arenas.
Ensuring value creation, growth and prosperity
Switzerland is developing its strengths as an innovative and globally networked national economy and creating the framework conditions for innovations and digital business models in such a way that value creation, economic growth, prosperity and international exchanges can be strengthened in the long term. Obstacles to entry into the market and barriers to trade will continue to be removed so that innovative companies can prosper and competition is strengthened. Where necessary, the general legal conditions will be further optimised. In this way the common good is strengthened and the sustainability of public finances is maintained.
Reducing the environmental footprint and energy consumption
Digitalisation can make a crucial contribution to Switzerland achieving its climate and environmental goals. To ensure that this happens, the consumption of energy and materials by the information and communication technologies (ICT) must not grow in line with the increasing use of these technologies. They must be used in an intensive and targeted way to reduce the consumption of energy and materials in all areas of life and work and to improve protection of the climate and the environment.