Principles

Principle 1

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.

Principle 2

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.

Principle 3

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.

Principle 4

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.

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