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DiploNews – Issue 295 – 4 March 2016

May 2016 online courses

Starting on 2 May 2016 we offer courses on diplomacy topics, both classic and contemporary:

Partial bursaries are available for qualified applicants from developing countries. Apply by 28 March 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.

For more information on any of our courses, contact admissions@diplomacy.edu. You can also sign up for our courses mailing list to be informed about upcoming courses.

Asia-Europe public diplomacy

We are proud to announce that the 4th phase of the Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative was launched this week by sending out a call for nominations for the fourth online course. Please note that this call is open only to ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) country nationals, and that the priority will be given to candidates nominated by MFAs.

If you live in one of the ASEM countries and are interested in the subject, you can read more about it and check how to apply here.

The Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative was set up in 2013 by DiploFoundation, the Asia-Europe Foundation, and the National Centre for Research on Europe – University of Canterbury, to help to promote and facilitate skills training for diplomats and civil society actors. The aim of the initiative is to improve public diplomacy efforts between the countries of the ASEM process.

To date, 174 participants split between 3 online courses and 3 face-to-face training sessions have attended the programme. Face-to-face training was held in Geneva (July 2014), Kuala Lumpur (March 2015), and Bangkok (August 2015).

What's been happening in Diplo's blogosphere

In a guest post  on Evaluating public participation in diplomacy, communication specialist Marina Neves presents an overview of public participation in the international arena, defines the terms, sets the context, and determines the premise of her research. 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.

Internet governance updates

Issue 8 of Geneva Digital Watch newsletter is out!

Issue 8 of the monthly newsletter has just been published. The main highlights of the February issue include an editorial on the difficult choices which society needs to make, in view of recent controversies on encryption and zero-rating services, which could become the first building blocks of a 'digital social contract'; the Apple/FBI controversy on encryption discussed in detail; an article on India’s decision to block zero-rating services and the surrounding controversies; a feature on child online protection and the need to adopt a rights-based approach; and the main developments in digital policy in February. Download your copy.

February briefing on Internet governance; join us in March

The shorter month of February was packed with developments that are continuously shaping digital policy. The main developments in February – including the Apple/FBI controversy, and India’s decision to block zero-rating services – were discussed during the February briefing. Joining the briefing for the first time was the Jakarta hub, presided over by Mr Rudiantara, Minister for Information and Communication Technology of the Republic of Indonesia. The Rio de Janeiro hub, hosted by the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation School of Law, also shared regional updates on various digital policy areas. If you missed the briefing, the following resources are now available: briefing digest, video recording:

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podcast, presentation, and the IG Barometer for February. Registrations for the March briefing, scheduled for Tuesday, 29th March, are now open.

Discussing Internet governance

On Diplo's IG online community, Hamza Ben Mehrez reflects on the Arab IGF experience for writers of the Internet Policy Analyst project, and encourages the community to vote for the IG MENA project, nominated for this year’s WSIS Prizes. Mamadou Lo shares his regular web reviews of IG updates in English and French. View the reviews on the community blog roll.

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