Thomas Schneider

Thomas Schneider is the information society coordinator at the international affairs department of the Swiss Federal Office of Communication (OFCOM). He is coordinating the Swiss activities with regard to the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), its implementation and follow-up on international level.
He is representing Switzerland in the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee on the Media and the new Communications Services (CDMC). He has been chairing the Council of Europe’s group of experts on human rights in the information society (MC-S-IS) for the last two years.
He is representing Switzerland in the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) which is responsible for assessing the WSIS-Follow-up in the UN System, since 2006.
He is one of the initiators of the first European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG), a pan-European multistakeholder initiative that held its first meeting on 20-21 October 2008 in Strasbourg.
He is acting as regional coordinator for the WEOG region in the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the Internet Governance Forum, since 2006.
He is co-chairing the ITU Council Working Group on stakeholder participation in ITU’s activities related to WSIS (CWG Stakeholders) and representing Switzerland in the ITU Council Working on WSIS (CWG WSIS).
From 2003 to 2005, he was coordinating all Swiss activities in both phases of WSIS (Geneva 2003 and Tunis 2005) on behalf of Marc Furrer, the Swiss State Secretary responsible for both WSIS phases including the hosting of the first phase of WSIS. He was representing Switzerland in theBureau of the WSIS for the second phase of WSIS (Tunis 2005)
Thomas Schneider was born in St. Gallen in 1972 and lives in Zürich since 1992, where he studied history, national economics and English.

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