The set-up of a new comprehensive, interoperable and reliable DLT-ecosystem based on
Swiss quality standards requires cooperation across companies, organizations and experts as
well as interactions with politicians and regulators. This is why MME and Swisscom have
gathered industry leaders and experts from the academia to achieve coherence between the
technical and the legal sphere and to jointly foster ongoing DLT initiatives.
With the objective to develop these foundations in a protocol-, product- and manufacturerneutral manner, the collaborators have produced four explanatory videos and are currently
working on an initial whitepaper outlining the technical and legal framework to establish a
secure, interoperable and reliable digital infrastructure. The whitepaper takes into
consideration the recent amendments to Swiss federal laws in the field of distributed electronic
ledgers and is expected to be published within only a few weeks from now.
The standardization work is thematically split into four areas – the 4 Trusts –, each of which
deals with one of the central pillars of a secure DLT infrastructure:
- 4T-DLT: Four elements of Trust
- T1 – Trust element of information configuration:
How may the authenticity, integrity, confidentiality and availability of information associated with digital assets be ensured?
- T2 – Trust element of consensus:
What are the requirements for DLT protocols to allow for a seamless execution of transactions?
- T3 – Trust element of custody:
How may both companies and private individuals (themselves) be enabled to store digital assets in a reliable and easy manner?
- T4 – Trust element of the transaction:
How may the liability (value deposit), allocation and transfer of digital assets be ensured in an efficient, legally secure and simple manner?
With a functioning DLT infrastructure, the full potential of DLT technology may be exploited.
The initial focus of this initiative was on digital assets, but all digital information, value and
rights can be stored autonomously and transferred easily, efficiently and legally validly
between the participants of a DLT ecosystem. Switzerland could thus position itself as the
world’s leading location for standard setting applications based on DLT technology.
Visit www.4t-dlt.ch and learn more about the initiative, its vision and the organization. The team
is already working on “season 2” to deep dive into DLT-innovations in action and
standardization frameworks to support and boost adoption of the DLT technology.
digitalswitzerland is a Swiss-wide, cross-industry initiative that aims to strengthen and anchor
Switzerland as a leading global location for digital innovation. Under the umbrella of
digitalswitzerland, more than 220 association members and non-political foundation partners
work together transversally to achieve this goal.
- Dr. Luka Müller
- Johs Höhener
- Prof. Dr. Harald Baertschi
- Dr. Sebastian Bürgel
- Dr. Yannick Hausmann
- Dr. Jacques Iffland
- Patrick Oltramare
- Fedor Poskriakov
- Dr. Mattia Rattaggi
- Patrick Salm
- Dr. Adrien Treccani
- Gino Wirthensohn
- Aurelia Nick
- Dominic Vincenz
- David Meirich
- Guillaume Gabus
- Rolf W. Guenter
- Nathan Kaiser
- Travin Keith
- Dr. Bruno Pasquier
- Gian Pfister
- Orkan Sahin
- Marc Stammbach
- Michael Svoboda