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DiploNews – Issue 243 – 3 January 2014

Upcoming study opportunities

Last chance to apply: Online Diploma Course in Humanitarian Diplomacy

We are accepting applications for the next session of the Humanitarian Diplomacy online diploma course, offered by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and DiploFoundation. The course willl start the week of 17 February 2014. This 12-week course, led by Ambassador Christopher Lamb, will extend the knowledge base and develop practical skills of current and future practitioners in humanitarian diplomacy and policy. The application deadline is Monday, 6 January 2014. For more details and to apply, please visit the course webpage.

Introduction to Internet Governance

Internet governance (IG) may be more important to you than you realise.

Have you been reading and worrying about the Snowden revelations? Does online surveillance concern you and your colleagues? These are important IG issues. Learning more about IG will help you understand these personal and professional issues, and what can and should be done about them. Net neutrality? Privacy in online storage? Guidelines for cross-border Internet issues? How can regulators enhance and protect without interfering with the innovative principles that are the core of the Internet? Diplo's Introduction to Internet Governance online course will give you a foundation for discussing and addressing these issues. The next course starts the week of 17 February. Visit the course webpage to read more and apply by 13 January 2014 for the Diplo Certificate course.

February 2014 Diplomacy Courses

We've opened applications for our first set of diplomacy online courses next year, starting the week of 17 February:

Apply by 13 January 2014 for Diplo Certificate courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses website. These courses are always popular, so register now to reserve your place.

Sign up for our courses mailing list to be informed about upcoming courses.


Workshop on Modern Diplomacy for Small States

The 6th workshop on Modern Diplomacy for Small States will take place in Malta, 19-28 March 2014. It is being organised by DiploFoundation, and sponsored by the government of Malta and the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC).

You may find more information about the workshop, scholarships and how to apply by visiting the workshop website.


Calls for research papers and experts

Two calls for research papers and experts have been announced on Diplo’s IG community platform. The first comes from the Internet Society, which has issued has made a call for academic papers, as part of a project on multistakeholder governance. The two-phase process will try 'to identify the key characteristics and main challenges of Multistakeholder governance'. Abstracts must be submitted by 31 January 2014.

The second is a call for experts to participate in a policy-oriented dialogue and collaborative research. As part of the Hague Institute for Global Justice’s ‘Global Governance of Cyberspace project, the experts will be required to prepare a 4,000-6,000 word paper in response to one of five questions relating to the governance of cyberspace. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2014.


Discussing Internet governance

Respect for and protection of national sovereignty has long been a cornerstone of Chinese foreign policy – which are we now also witnessing in cyberspace. In Part I of a two-part series, Nicholas Dynon provides an overview of how Beijing controls and utilises China’s geopolitical space; in Part II, he examines how Beijing’s management of geopolitical space is paralleled in the virtual world.

Can technology help preserve elements of culture in the Digital Age? Gameli Adzaho writes about a number of interesting projects that are currently helping to project aspects of less-represented cultures through digital media. Read more here.

In The Internet of Things: keeping pace with technology, Desiree Miloshevic writes about what differentiates the Internet of Things (IoT) from today’s Internet-in-general. The IoT lives connected to the Internet, as we know it today; it is not a separate Internet.

The IoT was also the main subject discussed during Diplo’s last IG webinar for 2013. What are the issues surrounding the IoT, and what impact will the IoT have on IG? View the webinar recording here:

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and download the presentation here. Diplo’s IG webinars will be back this month; to receive notifications on upcoming webinars, subscribe to our IG webinars mailing list.

Diplo invites bloggers to share their blog posts on Diplo's Internet governance channel, at www.diplointernetgovernance.org. E-mail Stephanie at stephaniep@diplomacy.edu for blogging guidelines.


What's been happening in Diplo's blogosphere?

DiploFoundation and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have worked together to offer an interactive online course on Humanitarian Diplomacy since early 2012.  The course is open to people both within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and beyond, with significant focus on sharing of relevant professional experience. In a short interview – Sharing professional experience to enhance humanitarian diplomacy practice – (January 2014), Bente MacBeath, Senior Policy Advisor, International Department, Norwegian Red Cross, describes her experiences attending the course in autumn 2013.

As a lot is being written these days about the late, great Nelson Mandela. In this post,  Mandela, a giant of empathy, Jovan Kurbalija adds his two cents worth.  

Missed our webinar on International Law for Diplomats? Don’t worry – you can catch up in our Webinar digest.

Remember, you too can have your say by commenting on these or any of our blog posts. And, if you’d like to be a guest blogger, let us know.


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