Digitisation of Swiss democracy - Technological revolution meets traditional opinion-forming system

17.08.2021 | gfs.bern on behalf of TA-SWISS

Digitisation enables people to network globally and across cultures. But it also facilitates attempts by a wide variety of actors to influence elections and referendums. Discussions about fake news, echo chambers and the polarisation of societies are currently heated. But are all these discussions equally relevant?  And do we as a society have the necessary maturity to derive optimum benefit from the new instruments? The study by gfs.bern takes stock of the situation.

Our book on the digitalisation of political opinion-forming is published today. The book contains a review and classification of the current situation in Switzerland from a legal (Prof. Dr. Nadja Braun-Binder), media science (Dr. Sébastien Salerno), political and population perspective. The underlying project was realised within the framework of a TA-SWISS mandate.

A summary and synthesis can be found here (in German). We still have a few printed copies available until further notice. Interested readers who would like a printed copy for in-depth reading are welcome to contact us. A brochure with a short version can be ordered from TA-SWISS.

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Urs Bieri

Urs Bieri