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DiploNews – Issue 284 – 17 September 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.

Last chance to apply: Autumn online courses

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

A few places still remain – apply as soon as possible for Diplo certificate courses. For further information click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses webpage.

Malta scholarships

Thanks to support from the Government of Malta, partial scholarships 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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Launch of GIP Digital Watch

Alongside the physical pillar of the Geneva Internet Platform (e.g. capacity development activities, events, and briefings), an online pillar involves the development of GIP Digital Watch, a comprehensive Internet governance and digital policy observatory. GIP Digital Watch will serve as a tool to provide a concise overview of all Internet governance and digital policy issues, actors, and ongoing debates, building extensively on DiploFoundation’s resources developed over the last 15 years and our in-house data-mining software system.

GIP Digital Watch pillars:

  • Online observatory – The observatory will maintain a comprehensive summary of Internet developments and provide access to the latest research and data on Internet policy (the GIP’s cutting-edge aspect). GIP Digital Watch will serve as a one-stop-shop overview of related issues, featuring both explanatory texts and live updates. The main emphasis will be on quantitative research (e.g. data-mining of open data, topic profiling), which is missing in the current IG research. GIP Digital Watch will be launched on 28 September 2015, in partnership with the Internet Society (ISOC).
  • Monthly briefings on Internet governance in Geneva/online – on the last Tuesday of every month. Next briefing will take place on 29 September 2015.
  • Digital Watch – a monthly newsletter (see Issue 3, September 2015)


Discussing Internet governance

On 28-29 August, 30 diplomats gathered in Bangkok to learn about and discuss cyber diplomacy, a practice that is vital to avoid conflict and miscommunication in global Internet policy-making. The Asia Cyber Diplomacy Workshop Diplomacy: Between Tradition and Innovation, organised by Diplo with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and in cooperation with the Devawongse Varopakarn Institute of Foreign Affairs in Thailand, brought together a diverse set of participants: from newcomers to the subject to experienced actors in the field, from well-seasoned diplomats to young professionals, and from Asians to Europeans and South Americans. Read more.
A workshop on Legal Instruments for the Internet Economy is being held in Malta this week. Nineteen government officials from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Pacific are participating in the workshop, which runs until Saturday, 19th September. The workshop is a Malta-Commonwealth Third Country Training Programme, and is being organised by DiploFoundation in collaboration with the Government of Malta and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Learn more about the workshop and follow the updates.
On Diplo’s IG community, Mamadou Lo shares updates on digital policy: read his weekly web reviews for 4 September and 11 September. 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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