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Swiss Digital Initiative

On 2 September, the Swiss Global Digital Summit 2019 provided a platform to promote constructive and substantial discussions on the topic of “Ethics and Fairness in the Age of Digital Transformation”.

At the first Swiss Global Digital Summit, top representatives from globally active companies and Switzerland’s scientific field launched the Swiss Digital Initiative (SDI) under the patronage of Ueli Maurer, the President of the Swiss Confederation. It is a prestigious gathering organised by digitalswitzerland.

The SDI builds on the numerous digital declarations, value charters, and principle statements elaborated by state and non-state actors around the globe. The SDI is a long-term and sustainable process for safeguarding ethical standards in the digital world. In particular, it seeks to strenghten trust in digital technologies as well as in the actors involved in ongoing digital transformation. Practices and tools elaborated under the umbrella of the SDI will be publicly shared to contribute to a global dialogue on the ethics of digitalisation.

The SDI will be supported by the Swiss Digital Initiative Foundation that will be newly established in Geneva.

Designated members of the Foundation Board are:

Chair: Doris Leuthard, former Swiss Federal Councillor
Representatives of science: Yves Flückiger (Rector University of Geneva), Joël Mesot (President ETH Zurich)
Representatives of digitalswitzerland: Marc Walder (Founder digitalswitzerland), Ivo Furrer (President digitalswitzerland)
Walter Thurnherr, Swiss Federal Chancellor (ad personam)

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