By Jürg Schneider, Hugh Reeves

On 6 September 2018 the Federal Council announced (in German, French, Italian and English) that it had adopted a new Digital Switzerland strategy for the next two years. The new strategy replaces the 2016 Digital Switzerland strategy and, like its predecessor, aims to prioritise the government’s efforts in the digital realm.

Under the new strategy, the Federal Council places a stronger focus on initiatives relating to artificial intelligence and smart cities, smart villages and smart regions. Digitalisation within the administration will also take a central role. The strategy addresses additional topics, ranging from digitalisation in the transport and energy sectors to e-government and cyber risks.