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Cybersecurity quick test for SMEs

The cyber check is anonymous, takes around 5 minutes and provides you with an explicit risk profile of your IT security.

With the cybero quick test, you will find out whether your company is sufficiently protected against cyber risks.

The risk of cyber attacks is strongly underestimated

36%
of Swiss SMEs have already been the victim of a cyber attack*.

15%
of Swiss SMEs consider the risk of being suspended for a day due to a cyber attack to be high or very high*.

56%
of SMEs consider the topic of cyber security to be important for their company.*

*Source: Home office and cyber security in Swiss SMEs (only in German) commissioned by Die Mobiliar, digitalswitzerland, FHNW Hochschule für Wirtschaft, SATW; conducted by gfs-zürich. November 2021

Cybersecurity Guide for SMEs

In addition to the SME CyberCheck, we have developed the Cybersecurity Guide for SMEs. This guide shows you practical recommendations and provides further information on the topic of cybersecurity.

SME CyberCheck

Important background information on the SME CyberCheck.

Why is a risk profile important when dealing with cyber risks?

With the SME CyberCheck, you create your own IT risk profile. This makes it easier for you to detect and better assess possible risks.

How do I act in view of the risks?

How do I ensure that my company does not fall victim to cybercrime?

Use the technical and organisational expertise of a CyberSeal-certified service provider to protect your company from cyber attacks.

Partner

The Cybersecurity quick check is supported by the following partners.

In accordance with the guiding principle Making Switzerland a leading digital innovation hub, digitalswitzerland is committed to the successful digitisation of Switzerland in the political arena. We actively communicate our ideas and positions to political decision-makers and the public.

Under the umbrella of digitalswitzerland, more than 200 organisations consisting of association members and politically neutral foundation partners work together transversally. Our political statements reflect exclusively the opinion of digitalswitzerland association and its members and not the opinion of the foundation’s members.

Recent statements

29 September 2022 – Consultation on the Federal Act on Electronic Proof of Identity and other Electronic Proofs (E-ID Act, BGEID)
To the consultation: German and French

9 September 2022 – Consultation on the Revision of the Matura Recognition Ordinance and the Administrative Agreement on the Recognition of Matura Certificates
To the consultation: German and French

29 June 2022 – Letter in Support of Article 16a on the Federal Act on the Use of Electronic Means for the Performance of Official Duties (EMBaG) to the members of the Committee for Science, Education and Culture of the National Council of States (SEC-N) and the members of the Committee for Political Institutions of the National Council (PIC-N)
To the letter: German and French

2 June 2022 – Letter to the National Council on the motion “Federal Participation in the Establishment and Operation of the National Test Institute for Cybersecurity” [Grüter 20.4495]
To the letter: German and French

3 May 2022 – Statement on the Federal Mobility Data Infrastructure Act (MODIG)
Read the statement (only in German)

13 April 2022 – Statement on the Federal Act on Information Security (ISG)
Read the statement (only in German)

1 April 2022 – Letter to the members of the Committee for Science, Education and Culture of the Council of States (SECC) on the Federal Act on the Use of Electronic Means for the Performance of Official Duties (EMBaG)
To the letter: German and French

25 March 2022 – Revision of the Ordinance on Telecommunications Services (OTS) (adaptation of the universal service provisions)
Read the statement (only in German)

18 March 2022 – Amendment of the Telecommunications Services Ordinance (Security of Information and of Telecommunications Infrastructures and Services)
Read the statement (only in German)

15 March 2022 – Letter to the Council of States on the motion “Push digital projects with public interest – close legal loophole” [21.4377, Würth].
To the letter: German and French

13 January 2022 – Amendment to the Foreign Nationals and Integration Act: facilitation of admission for foreign nationals with a Swiss university degree [Mo Dobler 17.3067]
Read the statement (only in German)

14 October 2021 – Revision of the Ordinance to the Federal Act on Data Protection
Read the statement (only in German)

13 October 2021 – Public consultation on the “e-ID mission”
To the press release and statement

15 September 2021 – Statement on the amendment of Ordinance 2 to the Labor Code
To the media release and statement

17 August 2021 – Statement on the redesign of e-voting trials
To the press release and statement: German and French

14 April 2021 – Swiss E-ID – Back to square one
Read the article

25 March 2021 – Statement on the Federal Act on the Use of Electronic Means for the Performance of Official Duties (EMBaG)
Read the statement (only in German)

15 March 2021 – Letter regarding the political business “Provisional judicial opening, adaptation to changed business practice (digitalisation) [19.3448, Dobler]
Read the statement: German version, French Version

8 March 2021 – Rejection of E-ID law
To the press release

26 February 2021 – Statement on the amendment of the Federal Act against Unfair Competition (UCA)
Read the statement (only in German)

The 4T-DLT initiative published a whitepaper which is broken down into the so-called ‘4 Trusts’. The authors provide fundamental information on the technical and legal framework to establish and operate a secure, interoperable, reliable and trusted digital infrastructure. The whitepaper is both a navigation guide and a source of knowledge for users, advisors and authorities. Read the 4T-DLT whitepaper here.

Are you interested in becoming part of the community? (i.e. to stay up to date, to contribute to the discussion or to participate in the creation of a secure, interoperable and reliable Swiss Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) infrastructure). Join the community here.

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Mission

We want to help citizens leverage the potential of distributed ledger technology (DLT), facilitating the independent storage of digital information, values and rights, and the straightforward and efficient transfer of these.

To this end, we want to work together to develop the technical and legal framework/requirements/standards necessary to establish a secure, interoperable and reliable digital infrastructure (a ‘DLT infrastructure’).

Vision 2025

The 4 elements of trust (4 Ts) in the context of a DLT infrastructure

T1 – Trust Element of Configuration
How may the authenticity, integrity, confidentiality and availability of information associated with digital assets be ensured?

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T2 – Trust Element of Consensus
What are the requirements for DLT protocols to allow for a seamless execution of transactions?

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T3 – Trust Element of Custody
How may both companies and private individuals (themselves) be enabled to store digital assets in a reliable and easy manner?

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T4 – Trust Element of Transaction
How may the liability (value deposit), allocation and transfer of digital assets be ensured in an efficient, legally secure and simple manner?

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Current status and outlook

As first deliverables, the collaborators have produced four explanatory videos for each element of trust as well as an initial whitepaper outlining the technical and legal framework to establish a secure, interoperable and reliable digital infrastructure.

Outlook: The team is already working on “season 2”: Building up a community with members interested in being part of the 4T-DLT journey to discuss and participate in the creation of a secure, interoperable and reliable Swiss Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) infrastructure.

Organisation

We are not an association. We are experts who want to build the foundations for a DLT infrastructure from different perspectives. To achieve this, we are looking for thought leaders, movers and shakers from start-ups, SMEs, major corporations, financial intermediaries and industry associations to help us to define and flesh out the key issues.

Delimitation from other initiatives: The primary aim is to support all initiatives, whether by analysing information or the participation of our exponents in various other initiatives.

We will work together as a team to prepare the information and basic requirements for the use of a DLT infrastructure in a functioning ecosystem. Training and information are part and parcel of this. We will be pursuing a community approach. Results are open source.

The project was kicked off by the coordinators Luka Müller and Johs Höhener, who are also responsible for ensuring an efficient implementation. We are being supported (organisation, administration, communication) by digitalswitzerland.

The Stakers (legal entities)

The stakers will contribute to developing the 4T-DLT initiative and nominate a representative for the shapers. Full visibility in all activities, cooperation with decision-makers from business and politics

Estimated effort: 5 person days per year

Annual contribution: CHF 8,000

Current Partners

The Shapers (natural persons)

Visibility in all activities, liaison with leading experts from business and politics, development and co-determination of the infrastructure of tomorrow.

The shapers will work on the implementation and coordinate the activities in their organisations and the respective working group. Persons with special knowledge in the field of DLT, who are interested in working on the ecosystem, are very welcome. Already involved are:

The Contributors (natural persons, participation only possible by invitation or application)

The contributors will work with the shapers on the development of background and information material for the infrastructure of tomorrow.

They will have an opportunity to actively develop the initiative alongside leading experts; visibility will depend on the contribution made.

Estimated effort: 5-10 person days per year

Join the 4T-DLT community

Let’s work together to consolidate the 4 Ts and define the standardisations to lay the foundation for a trustworthy, ecosystem-ready DLT infrastructure. To achieve this, we need passionate individuals with an interest in pushing the agenda forward with drive and enthusiasm.

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The parliamentary group Parldigi brings together members of the National Council and the Council of States to promote digitalisation in Switzerland. Together with the parliamentary group, we regularly invite to session events, offer platforms for expert discussions with economy and academia and introduce important concerns for digitalisation into the parliamentary debate.

Parliamentary group

Parldigi

Parldigi

The parliamentary group Digital Sustainability, founded in 2009, promotes the digitally sustainable use of knowledge assets through parliamentary interventions, dinner events, open hearings, media releases and blogs.

Parldigi

Parldigi

The parliamentary group Digital Sustainability, founded in 2009, promotes the digitally sustainable use of knowledge assets through parliamentary interventions, dinner events, open hearings, media releases and blogs.

Session events

Together with Parldigi, we regularly hold session events on current topics in digital policy. The information and networking events provide an important platform for exchange between politics, economy and academia.

The invitation to the events is exclusively for politicians, representatives of the administration and our members. The events usually take place in Bern and are held in German.

Review of past events


Several session events were held in cooperation with the ePower parliamentary group.

ePower session event of 1 March 2022
Independence with the greatest possible security in cyber security – a dilemma?
Read the review: German version, French version

ePower session event of 28 September 2021
Regulation of the Internet: Between social responsibility, censorship and feasibility
Read the review: German version, French version

digitalswitzerland Session Event Monday, 14 June 2021
Can Switzerland go digital? Lessons from the crisis
Read the review: German version, French version

Projects & Campaigns

#LifelongLearning Boost Programme

#LifelongLearning Boost Programme

digitalswitzerland’s Boost programme is designed to promote the acquisition of digital skills by Swiss workers through co-financing under certain conditions. With this programme, we wish to contribute to upskilling employees so that they can seize opportunities within the current situation. Originally supported by the Hirschmann Foundation and the Gebert Rüf Foundation, UBS is now the main partner.

#LifelongLearning Campaign

#LifelongLearning Campaign

It is important to encourage and support organisations and employees to think about #lifelonglearning and career planning at all levels. Our website explore.lifelonglearning offers key learnings and guiding questions. Check out videos and 100 testimonials about #LifelongLearning here. All that’s left to do is choose which courses to sign up to on weiterbildung.swiss. The opportunity to take your next career steps is waiting for you!

Young talent in STEM

Young talent in STEM

Switzerland’s innovative strength and attraction as a business location faces uncertainty without enough young talent in the STEM sector. The STEM campaign, co-initiated by digitalswitzerland and Pro Juventute, aims to inspire and motivate our youth to follow career paths in STEM, to keep Switzerland competitive and help solve major problems the world faces today.

The Sea of Lifelong Learning

The Sea of Lifelong Learning

The Sea of Lifelong Learning is a collection of insights from dozens of employers participating in the #LifelongLearning campaign by digitalswitzerland and the Swiss Employers’ Association (SAV). digitalswitzerland aggregated key learning, trends and guiding questions that help HR professionals and business leaders explore and navigate the vast sea that is lifelong learning.

#LifelongLearning Boost Programme

#LifelongLearning Boost Programme

digitalswitzerland’s Boost programme is designed to promote the acquisition of digital skills by Swiss workers through co-financing under certain conditions. With this programme, we wish to contribute to upskilling employees so that they can seize opportunities within the current situation. Originally supported by the Hirschmann Foundation and the Gebert Rüf Foundation, UBS is now the main partner.

Young talent in STEM

Young talent in STEM

Switzerland’s innovative strength and attraction as a business location faces uncertainty without enough young talent in the STEM sector. The STEM campaign, co-initiated by digitalswitzerland and Pro Juventute, aims to inspire and motivate our youth to follow career paths in STEM, to keep Switzerland competitive and help solve major problems the world faces today.

#LifelongLearning Campaign

#LifelongLearning Campaign

It is important to encourage and support organisations and employees to think about #lifelonglearning and career planning at all levels. Our website explore.lifelonglearning offers key learnings and guiding questions. Check out videos and 100 testimonials about #LifelongLearning here. All that’s left to do is choose which courses to sign up to on weiterbildung.swiss. The opportunity to take your next career steps is waiting for you!

The Sea of Lifelong Learning

The Sea of Lifelong Learning

The Sea of Lifelong Learning is a collection of insights from dozens of employers participating in the #LifelongLearning campaign by digitalswitzerland and the Swiss Employers’ Association (SAV). digitalswitzerland aggregated key learning, trends and guiding questions that help HR professionals and business leaders explore and navigate the vast sea that is lifelong learning.

Initiatives

«nextgeneration»

«nextgeneration» initiative supports digital education offerings primarily for children and adolescents to foster curiosity and build fundamental skills early in life. Our role is to connect these existing platforms and provide reach and publicity via our channels and network.

Pledge

The commitment of employers to further training in Switzerland is an important success factor in enabling lifelong learning for employees. The #LifelongLearning Pledge is a promise by companies in Switzerland to make an effective and sustainable commitment to lifelong learning for all their employees.

«nextgeneration»

«nextgeneration» initiative supports digital education offerings primarily for children and adolescents to foster curiosity and build fundamental skills early in life. Our role is to connect these existing platforms and provide reach and publicity via our channels and network.

Pledge

The commitment of employers to further training in Switzerland is an important success factor in enabling lifelong learning for employees. The #LifelongLearning Pledge is a promise by companies in Switzerland to make an effective and sustainable commitment to lifelong learning for all their employees.

Political statements

Women in Informatics

Women in Informatics

Digitalisation is boosting the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines for professions in a wide range of sectors. Women are vastly underrepresented in STEM fields today. For this reason digitalswitzerland calls on politicians, the educational system, business and society to create fair and attractive conditions for women in IT. It is crucial for society and for Switzerland as a business location that women are also well equipped to seize the opportunities presented by the transformation.

Flexibilisation of working hours

Flexibilisation of working hours

The demand for a modern and flexible labour law is extremely relevant for Switzerland’s attractiveness as a business location in the context of an increasingly digital world of work. digitalswitzerland is part of the alliance allianz denkplatz schweiz, which advocates, among others, for the modernisation of working time models.

Women in Informatics

Women in Informatics

Digitalisation is boosting the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines for professions in a wide range of sectors. Women are vastly underrepresented in STEM fields today. For this reason digitalswitzerland calls on politicians, the educational system, business and society to create fair and attractive conditions for women in IT. It is crucial for society and for Switzerland as a business location that women are also well equipped to seize the opportunities presented by the transformation.

Flexibilisation of working hours

Flexibilisation of working hours

The demand for a modern and flexible labour law is extremely relevant for Switzerland’s attractiveness as a business location in the context of an increasingly digital world of work. digitalswitzerland is part of the alliance allianz denkplatz schweiz, which advocates, among others, for the modernisation of working time models.

Surveys

Mobilising the skilled labour potential of the 58-70 age group

Mobilising the skilled labour potential of the 58-70 age group

As in other sectors, digitalisation and the ageing of society will be drivers for the decline in labour market supply. The ageing of society means that an increasingly large proportion of the population will no longer be available as a workforce. The overarching goal of the study is to capture the skilled labour potential of the 58 – 70 age cohort in ICT and the opportunities to activate that group.

ICT skilled workforce scenario: demand forecast for 2028

ICT skilled workforce scenario: demand forecast for 2028

The number of employees in the ICT sector is growing four times as fast as in the economy as a whole. There is already an acute shortage of skilled workers, which will become even more serious in the future (see the current study on skilled workers). In order to ensure the supply of skilled workers, digitalswitzerland has identified a strong need for action.

ICT-Fachkräftesituation: Bedarfsprognose 2028 (full study only in german)

Mobilising the skilled labour potential of the 58-70 age group

Mobilising the skilled labour potential of the 58-70 age group

As in other sectors, digitalisation and the ageing of society will be drivers for the decline in labour market supply. The ageing of society means that an increasingly large proportion of the population will no longer be available as a workforce. The overarching goal of the study is to capture the skilled labour potential of the 58 – 70 age cohort in ICT and the opportunities to activate that group.

ICT skilled workforce scenario: demand forecast for 2028

ICT skilled workforce scenario: demand forecast for 2028

The number of employees in the ICT sector is growing four times as fast as in the economy as a whole. There is already an acute shortage of skilled workers, which will become even more serious in the future (see the current study on skilled workers). In order to ensure the supply of skilled workers, digitalswitzerland has identified a strong need for action.

ICT-Fachkräftesituation: Bedarfsprognose 2028 (full study only in german)

digitalswitzerland provides comprehensive monitoring of digital policy at federal and cantonal level. This is made available exclusively to our members on the monitoring platform politoscope.ch. In addition, digitalswitzerland regularly publishes an outlook and review of the sessions of the national parliament. The publications are available in the national languages German and French.

Login via politoscope.ch exclusively to digitalswitzerland members.

Recent outlooks and reviews of the session

Outlook for the Summer Session 2022
Read the review in German
Read the review in French

Review of the Special Session 2022
Read the review in German
Read the review in French

Outlook for the Special Session 2022
Read the review in German
Read the review in French

Review of the Spring Session 2022
Read the review in German
Read the review in French

Outlook for the Spring Session 2022
Read the review in German
Read the review in French

Review of the winter Session 2021
Read the review in German
Read the review in French

Outlook of the winter session 2021
Read the review in German
Read the review in French

Review of the autumn session 2021
Read the review in German
Read the review in French

Outlook for the autumn session 2021
Read the review in German
Read the review in French

Review of the summer session 2021
Read the review in German
Read the review in French

Review of the the special session 2021
Read the review

Review of the spring session 2021
Read the review

Digitisation, Home Office and Cyber Security in Swiss SMEs

First conducted in Switzerland in 2020

With the propagated “end” of the pandemic, the flexibility of SMEs is also coming to an end. Primarily working from home has not become established, as the results of the latest study on digitalisation and cybersecurity in SMEs show. The situation is similar with cybersecurity: despite a strong presence in the media, the topic has a low priority among the companies surveyed. The implementation of organisational and technical measures to improve cybersecurity has also not increased. One third of the surveyed SMEs outsource their IT security to external service providers. The quality of the services offered is thus crucial for the security of small businesses in Switzerland.

TThe survey was carried out on behalf of the Swiss Mobiliar Insurance Company Ltd, digitalswitzerland, Allianz Digitale Sicherheit Schweiz, the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW – Digital Transformation Competence Centre and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences SATW.


Mobilising the skilled labour potential of the 58-70 age group

Published 21 June 2021

As in other sectors, digitalisation and the ageing of society will be drivers for the decline in labour market supply. The ageing of society means that an increasingly large proportion of the population will no longer be available as a workforce. The overarching goal of the study is to capture the skilled labour potential of the 58 – 70 age cohort in ICT and the opportunities to activate that group.


Swiss Software Industry Survey (SSIS)

First conducted in Switzerland in 2015; annually updated.

digitalswitzerland supports the annual Swiss Software Industry Survey (SSIS), the largest study in all of Switzerland to examine the industry’s key performance indicators, which is carried out by the Institute of Information Systems at the University of Bern. The SSIS is a long-term survey and provides information on the latest situation, the newest trends and long-term developments in the Swiss software industry.

The complete study results since 2015 until today:


The Status Quo of the ICT Specialists | Estimated Demand

First conducted in Switzerland in 2010; updated every two years.

The number of people working in information and communication technology (ICT) in Switzerland is growing at twice the rate of the overall economy. Every two years, ICT Vocational Training Switzerland, a subsidiary association of digitalswitzerland, considers how many ICT specialists the country will need in the coming eight years.

The complete study results since 2010 until today (only available in German):


Population Survey “Security on the Internet”

First conducted in Switzerland in 2019

From 25 January to 15 February 2019, the market and social research institute gfs-zürich asked one thousand adults in German-speaking and western Switzerland about online security.

The survey shows that about one million people in Switzerland have already been affected by an attack via the Internet. These attacks resulted in financial damage, needed time and expense to put them right or had a stressful emotional impact. Nonetheless, more than half of those affected believe they are sufficiently well informed to be able to protect themselves against such attacks. This conflicting view, at odds with the reality of the damage caused, shows just how important comprehensive awareness-raising activities are.


Cyberrisks in Swiss SMEs

First conducted in Switzerland in 2017.

More than a third of all Swiss SMEs are affected by cyber-attacks. Most, however, still feel they are well to very well protected, and only 4% of SMEs’ CEOs consider a cyber-attack a significant or very significant risk to their livelihood. These disturbing findings are from the representative survey carried out by market and social research institute gfs-zürich. Trade associations and the government are being pressed to take action to counteract this nonchalance towards cyber-attacks.


Labour Market Opportunities for Unemployed IT Staff Aged 45+

First conducted in Switzerland in 2015.

The study shows that job-seeking IT professionals aged 45 and over are well qualified overall. The fact that job market opportunities fall as applicants get older could be related to recruiting filters. There is a lack of transparency in the IT industry due to the lack of a single language for describing capabilities and requirements. The study proposes specific measures to promote opportunities on the labour market for Swiss IT professionals. The measures and recommendations are aimed at applicants/employees, employers and industry associations, educational institutions as well as politicians and administrators.


Meet the members of the Committee

Cédric Alber
Director Corporate Communication & Media Relations, Kudelski Group
Anton Aschwanden
Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google Switzerland and Austria
Nicolas Bürer
Managing Director, digitalswitzerland
Ivette Djonova
Head of Legal & Public Affairs, Swico
Marcel Dobler
National Council
Ivo Furrer
President of the Executive Committee. digitalswitzerland
Hilmar Gernet
Director, Delegate for Policy, Genossenschaft and History, Raiffeisen Schweiz Genossenschaft
Christian Grasser
Managing Director, asut
Alain Gut
Director Public Affairs / Government and Regulatory Affairs IBM Switzerland
Andreas Hugi
Managing Director, ePower
Christian Hunziker
Managing Director, swissICT
Andreas W. Kaelin
Deputy Managing Director, digitalswitzerland
Alessandra Köchli
Deputy Managing Director, ePower
Sébastien Kulling
Deputy Managing Director, digitalswitzerland
Pirmin Meyer
Head of Public Affairs, Zürich Versicherungs-Gesellschaft
Christian Müller
Corporate & Agricultural Affairs, Nestlé Suisse
Stefan Nünlist
Group Communications & Responsibility, Swisscom
Cornelia Stengel
Co-Director and Member of the Management Board, Swiss FinTech Innovations (SFTI)
Verena Vonarburg
Head of Public Affairs, Ringier
Belinda Walther Weger
Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability, die Mobiliar
Martin Zust
Head of Corporate Affairs, Samsung Electronics Austria & Switzerland

An overview of the recent statements, written by ICTswitzerland, can be found here.

Political statements


5 August 2020 | VREG

Statement on the revision of the regulation on the return, take-back and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment (VREG)


13 March 2020 | BVG/LPP

Statement in response to the proposal by the Federal Council to reform occupational pensions (BVG/LPP) – “We need to find a sensible middle course that does not combine the 1st and 2nd pillars”


26 February 2020 | 16.438-n-Pa.Iv

Statement on parl. Initiative 16.438 “Appropriate remuneration and a stop to wage excesses at federal and quasi-federal companies”.


20 September 2019 | Message on Culture

Statement on the Message on the Promotion of Culture in the Years 2021-2024 (Message on Culture)


28 June 2019 | Blockchain DLT

Statement on Federal law to developments in distributed ledger technology


15 April 2019 | E-Voting

Statement on the transition of electronic voting into regular operation


26 March 2019 |International Taxation: Opinion on the OECD Consultation

ICTswitzerland supports the opinion of economiesuisse on the OECD consultation “Addressing the Tax Challenges of Digitalisation” of 6 March 2019.

You can find further information and opinions here: economiesuisse.ch


14 September 2018 | Taxation of the Digital Economy

ICTswitzerland recognises the need for a debate on taxation in the digital age. However, it rejects quick fixes and unilateral special solutions at all costs. This is a complex issue with wide-reaching consequences. Therefore, there is a need for extensive international dialogue and a solution needs to be found at a multilateral level.

ICTswitzerland intends to contribute the following considerations to the discussion on the topic:


3 December 2018 | New working time models: smarter, not harder

ICTswitzerland, the umbrella organisation for the digital economy, is calling for a targeted modernisation of employment law. There is currently a wide gulf between contemporary working practices and the legislation governing them. In future, people must be able to work more flexibly, not for longer. In this respect, ICTswitzerland responded to the consultation period held by the Council of States Committee for Economic Affairs and Taxes with regard to making employment law somewhat more flexible.


10 July 2017 | Digital test by ICTswitzerland – excessive special legislation is harming the digital economy

ICTswitzerland, the umbrella organisation for the ICT industry, has put the regulatory framework conditions in Switzerland to a “digital test” at the request of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). In the concluding expert opinion to SECO, ICTswitzerland identified an urgent need for action in the areas of electronic ID, the framework conditions for handling of data, and the proposals for expanding digital infrastructure. The members of the ICT umbrella organisation see the greatest obstacles to the digital transformation in the numerous political demands for new rules and regulations and excessive special legislation.


29 May 2017 | E-ID

ICTswitzerland is calling for a rapid, nationwide introduction of a government-recognised electronic identity

As part of the recently concluded consultation on the e-ID law, ICTswitzerland is supporting the federal government’s objective of putting in place the legal and organisational framework conditions required for the introduction of a government-recognised electronic identity for private individuals. An electronic identity forms the basis for many digital applications, whether private or government-related, from online shopping through to e-banking and e-voting. If Switzerland does not want to miss the digitalisation boat, it is high time to quickly push forward with the Swiss e-ID.

All Swiss citizens should be able to identify themselves electronically on the Internet with the same degree of validity as a passport or ID card in the physical world. To achieve this overarching goal, the ICT sector believes that the following core strategic values are required when drafting a new e-ID law:

However, should the government be responsible for issuing the e-ID or should this be delegated to private companies? It is not only in our association that there are disputes over which concept for a Swiss e-ID would be the most successful. For this reason, ICTswitzerland has opted not to issue a response to the consultation and instead refers to the opinions issued by its members.


5 March 2017 |DSG

Opinion on the preliminary draft of the Federal Act on the Total Revision of the Data Protection Act (VE-DSG)


Further information and contact
Andreas W. Kaelin Deputy Managing Director digitalswitzerland andreas@digitalswitzerland.com