Swiss Digital Initiative

The Swiss Digital Initiative is intended to encourage companies worldwide to adopt ethical codes of conduct. As an innovative location known for legal certainty, stability and not least neutrality, Switzerland is predestined to support such an objective.

The Swiss Digital Initiative (SDI) sees itself as a long-term and sustainable process for securing ethical standards in the digital world. In particular, it aims to strengthen confidence in digital technologies and in the players involved in the ongoing digital transformation. Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer is patron of the initiative which was launched by digitalswitzerland.

Swiss Global Digital Summit

The SDI was launched on 2 September 2019 at the first Swiss Global Digital Summit in Geneva. Under the patronage of President Ueli Maurer, the top representatives of globally active companies and Swiss scientists invited discussed an initial position paper on the SDI. The position paper discussed at the summit was prepared in advance by a group of experts from Swiss universities.

On the basis of the discussion results, the SDI was further developed together with other stakeholders from civil society. The SDI was officially launched by decision-makers from business, academia and politics at the WEF 2020 on 21 January 2020.

The SDI is intended to lead to a self-commitment to ethical standards and conduct such as transparency, responsibility, non-discrimination and explanatory power, which are still only partially institutionalised. In addition, it is tasked with developing instruments that make this commitment measurable for users and consumers.

Swiss Digital Initiative Foundation

The SDI is supported by the Swiss Digital Initiative Foundation which is based in Geneva. The purpose of the foundation, which is governed by private law, is to promote ethical standards and conduct in the handling of digital information and technologies at the global level. The foundation carries out its work through its own projects, grants and the financing or co-financing of selected third-party projects.

The Swiss Digital Initiative Foundation is under the patronage of Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer and is chaired by former Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard. Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr was elected ad personam to the Foundation Board. On the scientific side, Joël Mesot, President of ETH Zurich, and Yves Flückiger, Rector of the University of Geneva, sit on the Foundation Board. As representatives of the private initiative location digitalswitzerland, Marc Walder, founder of digitalswitzerland, and Ivo Furrer, President of digitalswitzerland, are also members of the Foundation Board. The foundation is fully financed by digitalswitzerland.

Greeting of Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer at the foundation of the Swiss Digital Initiative
Greeting of Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer at the foundation of the Swiss Digital Initiative

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Last modification 04.02.2021

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