Field of action

Data, digital content and artificial intelligence

Data is a key raw material in the knowledge society and the digital economy. This requires it to be available in high quality. In so far as there are no statutory regulations to the contrary, data should be made publicly accessible and available. Thanks to the technological possibilities of collecting, storing and processing data, the potential arises for new, innovative products and services as well as for optimisation of processes and decisions. This presupposes, however, that much data can be used beyond its originally intended purpose. The trustworthiness, security, serviceability, accessibility, verifiability and availability of data therefore become key concerns in a digitalised society. In order to guarantee these, new and cooperative forms of data use may possibly be needed in which residents, as well as businesses, can exercise the greatest possible control over their data.
However, apart from the opportunities it is also necessary to address the risks of increasingly data-based decision-making, including the lack of transparency of computer-based conclusions and possible unequal treatment of people, who have a right to equal treatment. Attention must also be paid to question of sustainable management of data which uses as few resources as possible.

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


Objectives [ 8 ]
1/8
Switzerland has a modern, coherent legal foundation in terms of the rights to data and its use

Switzerland will constantly monitor whether its legislation and the international agreements for the data economy are optimally designed. With the aid of a modern and coherent legal foundation, the potential of data for the economy and society can be real...

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6 Measures
2/8
Appropriate datasets are available as open data

The processes of the public sector for collecting, storing and processing data are being further developed so that they relieve the administrative burden on residents in Switzerland, as well as businesses, and are being designed to be efficient and sustai...

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9 Measures
3/8
Access to data and the data infrastructures in the energy sector will be upgraded

Access to digital data and information in the energy sector will be improved and harmonised. The data infrastructures necessary for this are being built and expanded. Networking of different datasets is supported and the coordination of the participants i...

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1 Measures
4/8
The accessibility and availability of data from the planning, building and property sectors are guaranteed

The majority of all human activities take place in the built environment. The process of planning, building and managing buildings and properties is being increasingly digitised. The planning, building and property industry is national and global, and bot...

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0 Measures
5/8
Switzerland has trustworthy data spaces in which residents can exercise control over their own data

Data use and data exchange are increasingly being organised with progressive networking in webs of relationships which are dependent on one another. Switzerland is making use of this development and supports access to trustworthy data areas for individual...

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5 Measures
6/8
The general conditions for the transparent and responsible application of artificial intelligence are optimised

The increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the economy and society. Nationally and internationally, Switzerland should commit to monitoring and assessing the ensuing consequences for our private and working lives and to consider the de...

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6 Measures
7/8
Access to digital content is improved

Consumers are demanding that they should be able to access content they have purchased everywhere and on the move. This demand comes up against barriers relating to the transnational portability of copyright-protected content in Europe and throughout the ...

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1 Measures
8/8
The need for a “Swiss Cloud” and its feasibility have been examined

The use of cloud services enables great flexibility and innovative capability under economically favourable conditions. Such services, mostly provided by global providers, (so-called “public clouds”) are in principle attractive. Today there is hardly ...

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0 Measures