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Democracy lab Should we draw lots for fairer elections?

Two researchers from the University of Lausanne have been studying the notion of chance in politics.

Beyond the hype Explained: The technology behind bitcoin and blockchain

To some, it’s a load of hot air. Others see a revolutionary technology that will transform the way we exchange nearly everything of value.

The way things were From analogue to digital

March 12, 1999, marked the launch of swissinfo.org. The news platform was the successor of Swiss Radio International, which was gradually phased out.

DEMOCRACY LAB Politics: the tough task of educating the Swiss

Is it a surprise that it can be a challenge to promote political education even in a country with a highly developed system of direct democracy?

Found in Space Is there life elsewhere?

What have we learned since two Swiss astronomers made the first discovery of an extrasolar planet 25 years ago?

DEMOCRACY LAB Citizens’ Juries – providing a neutral recommendation on voting issues

Switzerland plans to test the use of a citizens’ jury whereby a few randomly selected citizens provide a balanced assessment of voting issues.

Magic formula How are Swiss Federal Councillors elected?

The Federal Council has seven seats, but how does Switzerland do the maths to reach that figure?

Democracy Lab What is federalism?

In Switzerland, state power is spread over three levels: the federal government, the 26 cantons and the 2,222 municipalities.

Democracy Lab How to motivate young adults to participate in politics

Voter turnout among young adults is well below the population average. We discover the true political interests of young people.

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