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DiploNews – Issue 388 – 5 February 2020

Upcoming study opportunities

February 2020 online courses

We have a few places left in the following course sessions, starting on 17 February:

For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses listed above, or visit our courses webpage. Register now to reserve your place.

May 2020 online courses

Diplomacy2520of2520small2520states 0 1Starting on 4 May 2020, we will be offering courses on a number of topics, both classic and contemporary:

Apply by 2 March 2020 for University of Malta accredited courses and by 30 March 2020 for Diplo certificate courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses listed above, or visit our courses webpage. Register now to reserve your place.

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 30%–60% of course fees and can be applied to most online courses in 2020. Browse our course catalogue and contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu for further information. You can also sign up for our courses mailing list to be informed about upcoming courses.


January 2020 GIP Digital Watch Newsletter

The January issue of the GIP Digital Watch newsletter includes:

  • DW Newsletter 46An overview of trends and developments in January: ‘The Decade of Action’ – optimising the interplay between natural and digital ecosystems; cybercrime resolution negotiations; and, the increasing interest of regulators and banks in digital currencies
  • The .org sale: Its main elements and the controversy surrounding it
  • A data analysis of Uber: Where is it banned and what the employment status of its drivers around the world is
  • A dictionary of digital keywords for the 2020s
  • The calendar of upcoming events in February 
  • Crossword: Test your knowledge of the digital policy terms which will define the 2020s

Past events

Geneva Engage Awards

Which Geneva based institutions were outstanding in their social media outreach and online engagement during 2019? The Geneva Engage Awards recognised these institutions divided in three categories: International Organisations, NGOs and Associations, and Permanent Representations.

The dedicated page offers the list of winners, the top ten in each category, an image gallery, and a detailed report and methodology analysis.

Geneva Engage Awards   Geneva Engage winners


‘Geneva Day’ at the World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos

During Geneva Day which took place in Davos on 21 January, Jovan Kurbalija (Executive Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform) moderated the panel ‘How to govern Digital Interdependence’ together with Doris Leuthard (President SDI, former Federal Councillor), Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (President of  GESDA), and Brad Smith (President of Microsoft).

Geneva Day

[WebDebate] Diplomacy at the UN: Is multilateralism dead?

In our February WebDebate, Amb. Amr Aljowaily (in his personal capacity), Prof. Manuel Fröhlich (Chair for International Relations and Foreign Policy at the University of Trier), and Dr Yolanda Kemp Spies (Associate Professor in International Studies at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi), together with DiploFoundation’s Dr Katharina Höne and comments from participants, discussed multilateralism and the UN. The recording is available here:

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 DiploFoundation at the Seminar on Electronic Commerce

On 29 January, DiploFoundation’s Marilia Maciel participated in the Geneva Seminar: Joint Statement Initiative on Electronic Commerce, where she was invited as an expert on e-commerce.

In her intervention she talked about the consequences to development of some proposals currently being discussed at the WTO plurilateral negotiations on e-commerce notably data flows, data localisation, and access to the source code.

Briefing Internet governance in January 2020

In January’s Internet Governance briefing, we looked at the main events in December and January, alongside main trends and developments, and upcoming events.

What’s been happening in Diplo’s blogosphere

In 20 keywords for the Digital 2020s: A Digital Policy Prediction Dictionary Jovan Kurbalija lists 20 keywords that he predicts will shape the digital 2020s, including interdependence, sovereignty, governance, geopolitics, ethics, taxation, and more.

In Top digital policy developments in 2019: A year in review Sorina Teleanu takes a look at the major developments that shaped digital policy in 2019.

DiploFoundation has saved 814 tons of C0 2 by having 454 students worldwide participate in online courses in 2019, instead of travelling from their home towns to Geneva. In Online meetings: Reducing carbon and increasing participation Arvin Kamberi analyses the impact of online meetings on the environment.

How can AI play a part in our discussions and policy-making processes? In What does a former coffee-maker-turned-AI say about AI policy on the verge of the 2020s? Darija Medic takes a look at how Diplo AI Lab’s creation, IQ’whalo, is using AI to study this question.

In his latest article, Sacoolas: Extradition and diplomatic immunity, Geoff Berridge discusses the latest developments in the Anne Sacoolas / Harry Dunn case. 

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