Berne will host the first Swiss Internet Governance Forum (Swiss-IGF) on 19 May. Among the themes selected by the organisers is an introduction to the new .swiss internet domain. This will give participants the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the conditions and processes for allocating domain names before the launch of .swiss in the autumn.
The discussions, conferences and workshops of this first national forum will focus on issues of network policy in the Swiss context. The program was developed by a steering group created with the support of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), which brings together various stakeholders, including the civil society in particular.
Many countries have already organised national IGF. The global IGF was created in 2006 as a worldwide exchange platform for issues related to the development of codes of conduct for the internet.
Details on the Swiss-IGF can be found at http://swiss-igf.ch