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This course aims to assist stakeholders from various sectors in developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) to increase their knowledge and capacity to engage in multilateral digital commerce-related negotiations and discussions. It provides an interdisciplinary coverage of e-commerce, from both digital and trade perspectives. The course is delivered by DiploFoundation (Diplo) and CUTS International Geneva, in partnership with the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The course is developed for public and private actors in developing countries and LDCs. It will benefit government officials who follow digital trade negotiations, members of the private sector, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), academics, researchers in the field, and civil society organisations. While improving their knowledge on e-commerce, participants will also gain the practical skills and information required to discuss specific digital policy aspects, such as cross-border data flows, data localisation, cybersecurity, consumer protection, and the implications of emerging technologies for digital trade, such as the Internet of Things and 3D printing.

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Open for applications: No
Application deadline: 7 September 2017
Start date: 25 September 2017
Duration: 8 weeks
Fees: €1000. Scholarships available for participants from developing countries
Mode(s) of study: Certificate

Lecturers

Dr Marion Jansen

Dr Marion Jansen is the Chief Economist of the International Trade Centre (ITC) and in this position responsible for the ITC’s flagship publication SME Competitiveness Outlook. She previously held senior positions in the World Tra...

Mr Rashid S. Kaukab

Rashid S. Kaukab is Executive Director, CUTS International Geneva, Switzerland. One of his key responsibilities is to develop, implement and evaluate technical assistance and capacity building projects and programmes for developing and least...

Dr Jovan Kurbalija

Dr Jovan Kurbalija is the Founding Director of DiploFoundation and the Head of the Geneva Internet Platform. A former diplomat, Dr Kurbalija has a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information technolo...

Ms Marilia Maciel

Ms Marília Maciel is a Digital Policy Senior Researcher at DiploFoundation. Previously, she was a researcher and coordinator of the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS/FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. She serves a...

Dr Roxana Radu

Dr Roxana Radu is Program Manager at the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) and Internet Governance Associate at DiploFoundation. The GIP fulfils the mission of a platform for discussion, a cap...

Ms Marie Sicat

Ms Marie Sicat is Coordinator of the ICT Policy Review (ICTPR) Programme and an Associate Economic Affairs Officer at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.  The ICTPR Programme pro...

Course details

This course aims to assist stakeholders from various sectors in developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) to increase their knowledge and capacity to engage in multilateral digital commerce-related negotiations and discussions. It provides an interdisciplinary coverage of e-commerce, from both digital and trade perspectives. The course is delivered by DiploFoundation (Diplo) and CUTS International Geneva, in partnership with the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The course is developed for public and private actors in developing countries and LDCs. It will benefit government officials who follow digital trade negotiations, members of the private sector, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), academics, researchers in the field, and civil society organisations. While improving their knowledge on e-commerce, participants will also gain the practical skills and information required to discuss specific digital policy aspects, such as cross-border data flows, data localisation, cybersecurity, consumer protection, and the implications of emerging technologies for digital trade, such as the Internet of Things and 3D printing.

Course topics

Digital commerce and development will be the transversal themes of the course, covered horizontally throughout all modules. The issues covered in the course include:

  • Internet functionality and online business models
  • Economic policy issues of relevance for digital commerce
    • taxation
    • e-payments and virtual currencies in online transactions
    • competition
  • Regional trade agreements
  • International trade negotiations and multilateral discussions at the WTO
  • Digital commerce and Internet Governance
    • cybersecurity
    • network neutrality
    • cross-border data transfers and data localisation
  • Enabling environment for digital policy
    • competition policies
    • consumer protection
    • privacy and data protection
    • authentication and digital signatures
  • Emerging digital commerce issues: Internet of things, big data and artificial intelligence

 

In addition to ‘digital commerce’, which is the expression used in the course title, the course will employ other terms adopted in this field, including e-commerce, digital trade, online trade, and e-trade.

 

The course will be of interest to public and private actors in developing countries and LDCs, including:

  • Government officials who follow digital trade negotiations;
  • Members of the private sector, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs);
  • Academics and researchers in the field; and
  • Civil society organisations.

The course runs from 25 September to 18 November 2017, using Diplo’s interactive online learning methodology.

Diplo’s online platform provides access to dynamic exchanges and the opportunity to interact with lecturers and other participants. Participants should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week study time. Participants who complete the course successfully will receive a course certificate.

Participants should have basic knowledge of trade and commerce negotiations.

The course fee is EUR 1000. Scholarships are available for participants from developing countries. Please indicate on the online application form if you are requesting a scholarship. All scholarship requests will be reviewed by the course organisers.

Please apply using our online application form by 7 September 2017.

Please do not forget to indicate on the application form if you are requesting a scholarship (applicants from developing countries only). If you are requesting a scholarship, note that the application form asks you to provide a short motivation statement (100 - 150 words) explaining the reasons for your interest in this course. What are your personal and professional objectives for the future, and how will this course help you to reach them?

Late applications will be considered only if places remain in the course. In case of enquiries, please contact Ms Marilia Maciel at mariliam@diplomacy.edu

Contact admissions

DiploFoundation (attn Tanja Nikolic)

Anutruf, Ground Floor
Hriereb Street
Msida, MSD 1675, Malta
Tel: +356 21 333 323; Fax: +356 21 315 574
admissions@diplomacy.edu

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