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DiploNews – Issue 281 – 31 July 2015

Upcoming study opportunities

Internet Governance in Africa – An Introduction

Diplo and the NEPAD Agency invite applications for the 11-week online training course Internet Governance in Africa – An Introduction, which starts on 14 September 2015. The course covers fundamental aspects of Internet governance and Internet policy and offers case studies and practical examples from Africa. It includes one week of online engagement at sessions of the 10th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum. The course is offered in English, however participants who are more comfortable with French may join a bilingual group. Applicants must be citizens of African Union member states. Tuition fees are covered by a fellowship provided by the NEPAD Agency. To learn more and apply, please visit the course website. Applications should be received on or before 15 August 2015.

Workshop in Malta: Legal Instruments for the Internet Economy

DiploFoundation is organising the 9th edition of the pan-Commonwealth training workshop, Legal Instruments for the Internet Economy, in Malta on 14-19 September 2015. The workshop is being organised on behalf of the Government of Malta and in association with the Commonwealth Secretariat, and is intended primarily for government officials and professionals holding senior to middle-management positions related to ICT and telecoms regulation. Self-funded applicants may apply by 31 August. Learn more about the workshop.

Workshop in Malta: Modern Diplomacy for Small States

The Modern Diplomacy for Small States workshop will take place in Malta, 30 September – 9 October 2015. It is organised by DiploFoundation, and sponsored by the Government of Malta and the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC). Applicants from Commonwealth countries may apply for a scholarship which covers the cost of the training course and accommodation. You can find more information about the schedule, scholarships, and faculty by visiting workshop website. Apply by 5 August 2015.

2016 Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy

DiploFoundation is now accepting applications for the 2016 Master/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy, and the Master/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy with an Internet Governance specialisation. These unique postgraduate programmes, offered in cooperation with the University of Malta, include a 10-day residential workshop in Malta followed by 16-20 months of online learning. Visit the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy webpage to learn more and to apply. Scholarships covering 20–50% of the Postgraduate Diploma fee are available for applicants from small and developing states. The programme starts on 1 February 2016. The application deadline is 1 October 2015 for international applicants and 15 November 2015 for Maltese applicants.

Autumn online courses

Diplo offers a wide range of exciting onlne courses this autumn:

Apply by 3 August 2015 for University of Malta accredited courses and by 31 August 2015 for Diplo certificate courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses webpage. Register now to reserve your place.

Malta scholarships

Thanks to support from the Government of Malta, partial scholarhships are available for applicants from developing countries to attend upcoming Diplo online courses. These scholarships cover 50-70% of course fees and can be applied to any online course in 2015. Please browse our course catalogue and contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu for further information.

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Asia Cyber Diplomacy Workshop – 28 and 29 August, 2015 (Bangkok, Thailand)

How should diplomats respond to modern cyber challenges? What topics are on the international digital agenda? What is the interplay between international, regional and national digital policy processes? Join us for just-in-time workshop addressing cyber challenges for modern diplomacy. We are pleased to invite diplomats and other government officials from the Asian region. This training workshop will give participants an overview of the multidisciplinary field of cyber diplomacy (including technical, legal, economic, sociocultural, and developmental aspects) focusing on the main digital topics on the international agenda (cybersecurity, online freedoms, openness, and economic growth), and explain the interplay between international, regional and national digital policy processes. It is an opportunity for diplomats to strengthen their overall understanding of cyber diplomacy. More information.

Introduction to Internet Governance (6th edition) translated to French

The most recent version of Jovan Kurbalija's Introduction to Internet Governance is now available in French. Read online for free. Although Internet governance deals with the core of the digital world, governance cannot be handled with the digital-binary logic of the true or false, or good or bad. Instead, the subject demands many subtleties and shades of meaning and perception, requiring an analogue approach, covering a continuum of options and compromises. The aim of this book, now in its sixth edition, is to provide a comprehensive overview of the main issues and actors in the field through a practical framework for analysis, discussion, and resolution of significant issues. More information.


Join us: Briefing on Internet governance developments

Join us on 25 August for the Geneva Internet Platform’s next briefing on Internet governance developments. Although the summer months are expected to be quieter, many developments have taken place: from new laws which will impact cybersecurity and surveillance, to further developments in the WSIS+10 review and IANA transition processes. The IG architecture and other main topics in digital policy are also affected by recent updates. Join us online, or in situ from Geneva; follow the link to reserve a place. Meanwhile, read the first and second issue of the Digital Watch newsletter. The newsletters provide updates on Internet governance and digital policy developments, with a special focus on Geneva.


Discussing Internet governance

In the past few days, Diplo’s IG community members have been sharing updates from local or regional events. Yosr Jouini discusses a new campaign in Tunisia to ‘let the Internet go’, initiated by young Internet users in Tunisia. Read about the issues which the campaign seeks to address. Grace Mutung'u shared the programme of the Kenya Internet Governance Forum 2015, which takes place on 31 July. In a series of blog posts, she highlights a few key issues that will be discussed: inclusiveness and diversity; cybersecurity and trust; the Internet economy; management of critical Internet resources; emerging Issues; and openess. Mamadou Lo shares updates on digital policy: read the weekly web review for 17 July and 24 July. Follow more IG-related news and discussions on Diplo’s Internet governance channel and on Diplo’s IG community blog roll.


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