Open Call: Join the Digital Trust Expert Group

Nicolas Zahn • April 2023


Over the past years, the Swiss Digital Initiative has worked together with partners such as EPFL and a dedicated Label Expert Committee on the Digital Trust Label (DTL). The Digital Trust Label is a combination of an organic label and a nutritional value table for digital services. It shows that relevant criteria on digital responsibility are fulfilled by a digital service in 4 categories: Security, Data Protection, Reliability and Fair User Interaction. The Label gives users more information and transparency for empowered decision-making, and acts as a clear signal for digital responsibility.

For the continuous development of the Digital Trust Label, we are looking for

New Members for our Digital Trust Expert Group

The Digital Trust Expert Group (formerly known as Label Expert Committee (LEC)) is dedicated to working on the label catalogue criteria and formulates Label recommendations to the SDI Board.

We already have a fantastic Expert Group in place but want to further strengthen specific aspects. This is why we are looking for experts in the following fields:

  • International Data Protection / Privacy Law experts
  • IT Business and Product Development
  • Experts on artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Members of standard setting bodies and working groups on IT audits

Mandate of the Digital Trust Expert Group

The Group is responsible for the development of the DTL catalogue and for insuring that the Swiss Digital Initiative remains at the forefront of Digital Trust expertise. It brings together experienced, passionate and influential individuals representing the different stakeholder groups, who can help create and implement an effective scheme:

  • Shaping the DTL criteria catalogue and enhancing the DTL framework by proposing new criteria or criteria categories
  • Providing an expert platform for information exchange among the various stakeholder groups of the DTL and discussing the received feedback on the label catalogue of the DTL
  • Providing constructive criticism and inputs when discussing potential development and adjustments to the label catalogue

Reasons to join the Digital Trust Expert Group

As the governance body most directly responsible for the continuous development, membership in the Group puts you in the driver seat to shape the Label criteria going forward. This gives you a direct stake in a pioneering project.

As a member you’ll have access to a growing community of experts on digital auditing and digital responsibility.

All members are also featured in the communication of SDI from our website and social media to our Annual Report.

Each member is compensated with a fixed sum of CHF 1’000 per year. This remuneration will be reviewed and adjusted as the Label scales. Once selected for the Digital Trust Expert Group, we are expecting a commitment to the mandate for at least 1 year with the preference of a mandate validity for 3 years.

The working language will be English and meetings will be held online.

Meeting take place on a monthly basis and are organized by the existing Co-Presidents of the Digital Trust Expert Group. Between meetings, regular communication is retained with members and other stakeholders on all important matters relating to setting, revision, implementation.

When selecting suitable candidates, SDI will pay close attention to equal representation and diversity.

Selection Procedure

  • Please send your complete application dossier to
    • CV / LinkedIn Profile
    • Motivational statement
    • Supporting documentation, e.g. relevant publications & past activities
  • Timeline:
    • Applications are open from April 26, 2023
    • Applications will close on May 17, 2023
    • The first meeting new members would join will be held on May 24, 2023