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DiploNews – Issue 427 – 15 September 2021

Upcoming study opportunities 

◆ Applications open! Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy

Diplo is now accepting applications for the 2022 online MA/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy and the MA/PGD with a specialisation in internet governance, run in cooperation with the University of Malta Department of International Relations. The programme starts on 24 January 2022.

During 16 to 20 months of online study, the programmes guide working diplomats, international relations professionals, and internet policymakers through the theoretical and practical building blocks of diplomacy, with a focus on contemporary issues and challenges.

Scholarships covering 20%–50% of the Postgraduate Diploma fee are available for applicants from small and developing states.

For further information and to apply, please visit the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy web page.

◆ Applications open! Autumn 2021 online courses

Register now to reserve your place in our popular autumn courses:

👉🏼 Application deadlines for certificates issued by Diplo: 27 September 2021

For further information and to apply, click the course titles above or visit Diplo’s course catalogue.

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◆ Need financial assistance? Scholarships are available.

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 2021. Browse our course catalogue and contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu for further information.

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

Upcoming events

◆ Data economy: Human-centric approach at the forefront (22 Sept.)

The new data era is just starting. Our approach towards handling data today will set the direction of our digital future. Join the conversation – the first in the series From Geneva: Reflections on digital future – where we will discuss the data supply chain; the perceived trade-off between data potential and the protection of individual rights; the role of governments, civil society and the private sector; and much more!

This event is organised by the European Delegation to the UN in Geneva, the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva, the Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the UN Office and other international organisations in Geneva in capacity as Presidency of the Council of the EU and the Geneva Internet Platform. Join us on Wednesday, 22nd September, at 14:00 UTC (16:00 CEST). Register now!

Internet governance in September – Briefing #78 (28 Sept.)

Catch up on the major internet governance and digital policy updates from all around the globe, and join our experts as they analyse the existing and emerging policy trends. Join us on Tuesday, 28th September, at 12:00 UTC (14:00 CEST). Register now!

◆ Geneva Media Tour – 12 Tours to Navigate Digital Geneva (30 Sept.)

Our next stop in the discovery of Geneva’s rich ecosystem takes us on a tour of Geneva’s media scene. What does the Geneva media scene look like? How can journalists best cover the numerous digital developments that happen in Geneva and link them with the wider international discussions? Join us on Thursday, 30th September, at 09:00 UTC (11:00 CEST). Register now!

◆ Telephone diplomacy: Dialing the ‘red line’ – History of Diplomacy and Technology #8 (30 Sept.)

The telephone facilitated a close contact among heads of state, including various ‘red lines’ for urgent communication, while wireless communication,  mainly the radio, was used by countries which didn’t develop telegraph infrastructures on time (mainly Germany) to close the gap with those who did. Join us on Thursday, 30th September, at 12:00 UTC (14:00 CEST). Register now!

Main takeaways from our recent events

◆ Digital (and) Diplomacy: What Are We Actually Talking About?

Our two-hour international conference was a success! Practitioners and academics discussed the meaning of digital (and) diplomacy in what turned out to be a very interesting sharing of viewpoints. Missed the event? The recording is available on the conference event page.

Blogs and publications

◆ Digital Watch Newsletter – Issue 62 – September 2021

In this issue: The Taliban is rising on social media. Apple’s plans to keep children safe from online abuse are already on hold. Governments continue to hit Big Tech with lawsuits. China is making a push for privacy. In California, the controversial Proposition 22 was declared unconstitutional. Read more!

◆ 25 years of digital (and) diplomacy: Evolution or revolution?

In this blog post, Dr Jovan Kurbalija (Executive Director, Diplo; Head, Geneva Internet Platform (GIP)) revisits with nostalgia and nervousness his ‘ancient’ text on digital (and) diplomacy. Learn what has happened in the past 25 years and what we can learn about the future. Read it here!

New blog posts

  • Is crypto becoming a cult?  
  • ProtonMail faces legal limits in protecting clients’ data and privacy 
  • Is diplomacy prevailing over military in global affairs? 
  • Could cancer collaboration become new ping-pong diplomacy between U.S. and China?  
  • How to break down silos across defence, diplomacy and development? 

Diplo team at external events

◆ The internet governance ecosystem

This event presented an introduction to the theme of internet governance from a historical perspective, focusing on the role of governments and the challenges they face. Speakers discussed the peculiarities related to participation and consensus-building on digital policy issues, not only at the global level, but also within countries. Diplo’s Ms Marilia Maciel (Digital Policy Senior Researcher) addressed the emerging challenges of internet policy such as the new approach toward network neutrality, spam, and data flows which are now also being discussed as trade issues. Watch it here (in Portuguese):

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Don’t miss…

◆ How 9/11 shaped internet governance

This article quotes Prof. Jovan Kurbalija (Executive Director, Diplo; Head, Geneva Internet Platform (GIP)) on how the terrorist attacks of 9/11 shaped internet governance. Read it here!

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