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DiploNews – Issue 282 – 14 August 2015

Upcoming study opportunities

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.

Workshop in Malta: Legal Instruments for the Internet Economy

A plethora of issues needs to be addressed by both developing and developed countries, spanning areas such as: the commercial environment, data protection and freedom of information, regulation of the telecommunications sector and competition law, and governance of the Internet with a focus on cybercrime and cybersecurity. Join us for the pan-Commonwealth training workshop Legal Instruments for the Internet Economy, in Malta 14-19 September 2015. The workshop is organised by DiploFoundation 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. The deadline for applications has been extended until Wednesday, 19th August.

Autumn online courses

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

Apply for Diplo certificate courses by 31 August 2015. 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.

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


Asia Cyber Diplomacy Workshop: 28-29 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 a just-in-time Asia Cyber Diplomacy Workshop, which will address 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. Visit the workshop webpage for a detailed programme, registration link, and more details.


French translation of Internet Governance book

The sixth edition of Dr Jovan Kurbalija's An Introduction to Internet Governance is now available in French. 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. Read more about the book, which is also available in other languages.


Join us online: Webinar on Internet governance developments

Join us on 25 August for the Geneva Internet Platform’s next webinar 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; follow the link to reserve a place. Meanwhile, you can read the first and second issues of the Digital Watch newsletter. The newsletter provides updates on Internet governance and digital policy developments, with a special focus on Geneva.


Discussing Internet governance

On Diplo’s IG community, Grace Mutung’u recounts incidents of violence against women through the use of technology, in Technology and violence against women.

In Gouvernance De L’internet En Afrique Francophone: Les Obstacles A L’emergence Numerique Indentifies, Mamadou Lo summarises the main discussions which took place during an IG training event in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 27 July – 1 August. In other posts, Mamadou Lo shares updates on digital policy: read the weekly web review for 2 August and 7 August.

Chokri Ben Romdhane calls on community members to support open access to scientific and research articles.

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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