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DiploNews – Issue 290 – 15 December 2015

GIP reporting from WSIS UN GA

GIP Digital Watch will bring you just-in-time reporting from the WSIS Review High-level Meeting of the UN General Assembly. Stay tuned to dw.giplatform.org/wsis10

Starting from today you can look forward to reports from side events, plenary reports, and the Outcome Document with deep links. On Tuesday and Wednesday morning New York time, we will have the WSIS+10 Daily available in a printed format in New York and online. The final summary report will be available on Friday morning. Diplo's and GIP's Jovan Kurbalija is already in New York. On Wednesday, GIP Digital Watch will be introduced at an event at the UN HQ, in the presence of the Swiss Ambassador to the UN Jurg Lauber.

Cooperation for diplomatic training: Mexico, Malta, and Switzerland

Mexico, Malta, and Switzerland have renewed their memorandum of understanding on diplomatic training which provides a framework allowing the Mexican MFA to enroll participants in Diplo's online courses. This cooperation was initiated by the Instituto Matias Romero (Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Diplo some 11 years ago. Since that time, more than 350 Mexican diplomats have been engaged in diplomatic training with Diplo, and the two insitutions have cooperating on other educational initiatives. You can read more about this successful cooperation initiative on Diplo's blog.

Upcoming study opportunities

Introduction to Internet Governance for Geneva-based diplomats

This special, just-in-time session of Diplo's popular online Introduction to Internet Governance is offered especially for Geneva-based diplomats and other stakeholders. The course aims to assist permanent missions in Geneva to actively follow the increasingly relevant field of digital politics. Offered by the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), the course is delivered by Diplo. Participants must be based in Geneva; in addition to the online learning activities, the course includes a weekly briefing at the GIP office. To learn more and apply,  visit the GIP website. The course starts on 18 January 2016 and the application deadline is 4 January.

[New] Education Diplomacy online course

Diplo and the Center for Education Diplomacy are pleased to announce a new course on Education Diplomacy. Education and development are rapidly being shaped by the influence of new actors, international policy, funding structures, and the proliferation of initiatives. This interactive online course will present the concept of Education Diplomacy in depth, consider the broader impact it may have on education, and allow participants to become more effective and responsive to the dynamic landscape of education. The first session of the course starts on 15 February 2016; apply by 8 January. For more details and to apply, visit the course webpage or contact admissions@diplomacy.edu

Children and Mobile Technology online course

Diplo and the GSMA will offer a new session of Children and Mobile Technology starting on 1 February 2016. This interactive 7-week online course looks at children's use of ICTs, and the inherent risks and opportunities. The course is aimed primarily at staff and management of national telecommunications regulatory authorities, with priority given to applicants from developing countries. Participation in this course is fully funded by the GSMA (there is no tuition fee for selected applicants). To read more and apply online by 11 January 2016, visit the course webpage.

2016 Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacylast few places left; scholarships available

DiploFoundation is 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. Anyone interested to apply is asked to contact admissions@diplomacy.edu

February 2016 online diplomacy courses

Start the new year with one of our most popular online courses:

Apply by 14 December 2015 for University of Malta accredited courses and by 11 January 2016 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.

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

Online Diploma Course in Humanitarian Diplomacy
The next session of the Humanitarian Diplomacy online diploma course, offered by DiploFoundation in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, will start on 22 February 2016. This 12-week course, led by Ambassador Christopher Lamb and a team of experienced practitioners, will extend the knowledge base and develop practical skills of current and future practitioners in humanitarian diplomacy and policy. This course is currently offered in English; however, participants who are more comfortable with French will have the option to write and submit some course assignments and their final research project in French. Partial bursaries are available for applicants from developing countries who work in the humanitarian field. The application deadline is 11 January 2016. For more details and to apply,  visit the course webpage or contact admissions@diplomacy.edu

Call for assistant curators for GIP Digital Watch

Become an assistant curator for GIP Digital Watch! We are currentlly looking for assistant curators from all over the world. Deadline for application: 31 January 2016. Learn more at this link.

Geneva Engage: E-participation for International Geneva

Preparations for Geneva Engage: E-participation for International Geneva, to take place 27-28 January 2016 are under way. Engagement goes both ways, in and out of the Geneva hub, and benefits everyone involved. Join the process today. The most amazing attributes of e-participation are embodied in remote participation techniques which allow those with limited resources of time, money, and physical ability to participate. If you are interested in joining us as a national/sub-national coordinator, please contact virginiap@diplomacy.edu.

What's happening in Internet governance

A blog post from Diplo alumni and IG and ICT expert Baudouin Schombe – Why the gymnastics between zero-rating and net neutrality – gives an excellent overview of net neutrality and zero rating, with a specific section on 'what to remember'.

Mamadou Lo's weekly web reviews offer a good source for links to IG updates in English and French. See Weekly web review: DNS root servers, EU Cybersecurity Agreement, EU digital single market, WSIS+10, China.

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