Press conference invitation

Trust in data in the era of fake news: what is the role of official statistics?

The conference ‘Truth in data – The role of data in a world of fact, fiction and everything in between’ will take place on 4th April 2018 at the Kursaal in Bern. This is organised by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) in co-operation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21).

The latest publication from Vincent F. Hendricks and Mads Vesergaard ‘Postfaktisch - Die neue Wirklichkeit in Zeiten von Bullshit, Fake News und Verschwörungstheorien’ (in German) offers a related analysis of the mechanisms that make us consider or feel that something is true. Prof. Hendricks describes the trend towards a post-truth democracy and names the winners and losers of the new ‘attention economy’.

PARIS21 discusses the influence that the digital data revolution has on countries’ development and the potential impact of this on official statistics and decision-making processes. The FSO describes what this means for official statistics in Switzerland and to what extent this may affect democratic processes.

Prof. Vincent F. Hendricks, Dr. Johannes Jütting (Director of PARIS21) and Prof. Georges-Simon Ulrich (Director General, FSO) will present this topic.

Wednesday 4th April 2018

Kursaal Bern, Bellavista 2

Starting at 1:30



Georges-Simon Ulrich, Director General, FSO

Prof. Dr. Georges-Simon Ulrich was appointed Director-General of the Federal Statistical Office by the Federal Council on 1st October 2013 and is responsible for managing the FSO while ensuring that the ethical principles of official statistics are applied to every aspect of its work, ranging from specialist subjects to personnel and financial and organisational matters. Prof Ulrich holds a PhD from the University of Southern Queensland with a thesis on Stakeholder management and communication. He is also Professor in strategic manag


Johannes Jütting, Director, PARIS21

Johannes Jütting is Head of the PARIS21 Secretariat, a global partnership promoting the better use and production of data in developing countries, hosted at the OECD. Before joining PARIS21 in 2012, he headed the Poverty and Social Cohesion Team at the OECD Development Centre for 10 years, where he was spearheading innovative work in the areas of employment, social cohesion, gender and global development.  Johannes Jütting holds a PhD from Humboldt University and is a visiting professor at Passau University, Germany.


Vincent F. Hendricks, Professor, University of Copenhagen and Director, Centre for Information and Bubble Studies

Vincent F Hendricks is Professor of Formal Philosophy at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Elite Researcher of the Danish State. He is the author of many books, among them Infostorms (Copernicus 2014), Agency & Interaction (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 2014). His primary research focuses on logic, decision, information processing, irrational group behavior, bubble studies and formal democracy studies. He also hosts a number of TV shows on philosophy and its broader intellectual environment and the application of philosophy to science and societal issues and problems.



FSO Media Office
Tel. 058 463 60 13


Media Office
Tel. 058 463 60 13

Registration is mandatory for persons wishing to take part in this conference without a press pass. The press conference will be held in German (FSO and PARIS21) and English (Vincent F. Hendricks). For more information: https://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/en/home/services/media-services.html 

You can register for the conference "Truth in data – The role of data in a world of fact, fiction and everything in between" and find the full programme at the following link: http://bit.ly/truth-in-numbers-bern-4-april