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DiploNews – Issue 428 – 4 October 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: 4 October 2021

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

◆ 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

◆ Training cyber diplomats: Tools, gaps, and opportunities (WebDebate #50)

Ironically, in this age of widespread communication possibilities, the lack of awareness is one of the major barriers in the take-up and use of training and tools for cyber diplomacy. Join us Tuesday, 5th October, at 12:00 UTC (14:00 CEST) in a discussion on how to improve their use. In this episode, we will also be presenting the findings of Diplo’s study Improving the Practice of Cyber Diplomacy. Register now!

◆ Digitalisation powering environmental protection (From Geneva: Reflections on Digital Future)

The digital revolution has changed the way we work, live, and solve challenges, and technology now offers groundbreaking opportunities for environmental protection. Join us on Thursday, 14th October, at 14:00 UTC (16:00 CEST) for this event organised by the EU 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 the capacity as Presidency of the Council of the EU, and the Geneva Internet Platform. Register now!

Internet governance in October 2021 (Briefing #79)

October has only just started, but we will be there to discuss its digital policy highlights and how they can affect current affairs. Reserve your place and join us on Tuesday, 26th October, at 12:00 UTC (14:00 CEST) for October’s IG briefing. Register now!

◆ Radio and TV broadcasting: Diplomacy going live (A historical journey #9)

After looking at how diplomacy was influenced by the printing press, the telegraph, and the telephone, we move on to discuss the impact radio and TV broadcasting had on shaping public opinion and diplomacy. Join us on Thursday, 28th October, at 12:00 UTC (14:00 CEST). Register now!

Main takeaways from our recent events

◆ Telephone diplomacy: Dialling the ‘red line’ (A historical journey #8)

The telephone provided a close contact between heads of state, including various ‘red lines’ for urgent communication. Issues raised around telephone and wireless communication security, privacy, and neutrality, are still being discussed today in the context of digital policy. Watch this event recording!

◆ How digital issues are covered in global media: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Digital topics have moved from tech sections to front pages. Nonetheless, we’re often missing a deeper and holistic understanding of how these issues are impacting our society and our everyday lives. Watch the debate recording to find out more!

◆ Internet governance in September 2021 (Briefing #78)

Digital issues are now a matter of national and international interests, and they were mentioned in numerous speeches at the UN General Assembly. Find out the details and further resources!

◆ Data economy: Human-centric approach at the forefront (From Geneva: Reflections on Digital Future)

The data era is just starting, but how we handle data today will set the direction of our digital future. To inspire other organisations, we looked at data economy, and what it means for countries, companies, and citizens. In the spirit of a human-centric approach, protecting privacy and data management practices should not impede innovation and economic growth. Watch the discussion!


◆ French issue of the Digital Watch Newsletter – Issue 62 – September 2021

In collaboration with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), our latest Digital Watch monthly newsletter has been translated into French. Download it here!

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