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DiploNews – Issue 437 – 15 February 2022

Upcoming study opportunities

🌼 Applications open! Diplo’s 2022 spring online courses

Register to reserve your place in our popular spring courses:

 Application deadlines for certificates issued by Diplo: 4 April 2022

We are happy to celebrate Diplo’s 20th anniversary with an increased alumni discount of 20% on all courses until the end of 2022! 

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

◆ Need financial assistance? Scholarships available!

Thanks to the 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 2022. Browse our course catalogue and contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu for further information

Not sure how studying online with Diplo works? Watch our ‘Studying online with Diplo’ video!

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Upcoming events

◆ Digital Technologies and the Environment: A Synergy for the Future (17 Feb.)

Digital technology can accelerate environmental efforts. At the event, we will present and discuss the report commissioned by Diplo US and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Washington, DC office. The report looks into existing policies and avenues of cooperation between the USA, the EU, and Germany, and explores the topics of greenhouse gas emissions, rare earths, and e-waste. The report will be available for download at the event free of charge. Join us on Thursday, 17 February, at 14:00 UTC (9:00 EST  | 15:00 CET). Register now!

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◆ Briefing #82: Internet governance in February 2022 (22 Feb.)

In our February briefing, we will analyse the implications of this month’s digital policy highlights. Reserve your place and join the discussion on Tuesday, 22nd February, at 13:00 UTC (14:00 CET). Register now!

◆ International digital standards: Stepping up the engagement of stakeholders from the ARIN region (22 Feb.)

Standards for digital technologies are all around us, enabling devices to interact with each other, allowing us to connect to mobile networks, and facilitating the exchange of information. This event is intended to help raise awareness about digital standards among stakeholders in small, developing countries in the ARIN service region. Register now!

Main takeaways from our recent events

◆ 7th Geneva Engage Awards: What is Geneva’s Digital Footprint?

Congratulations to all the winners! Visit the Geneva Engage Awards web page for links to: 

Blogs and publications

◆ Improving diplomatic institutions through technology

In his blog post, Diplo alumnus Andres Josue Aguas Cherf puts forward three ways in which technology could improve the work of diplomatic institutions:

  • Innovating diplomatic communication
  • Use of new tools for public diplomacy
  • Modernising consular work

Read the post!

◆ AI promises, ethics, and human rights: Time to open Pandora’s box

Diplo alumnus Mouloud Khelif argues that despite all its promises, AI can pose serious threats to human rights online and offline, and have serious ethical implications. To fully benefit humanity, significant measures are needed, including policymaking, self-regulation, and training. Read the post!

◆ Why should diplomatic academies shift to online learning?

In his article, Diplo faculty member Amb. Kishan Rana states that he witnessed both successes and failures with convincing foreign ministries to experiment with and adopt online learning. He further writes about his own experiences with online teaching and learning, and analyses the pros and cons. Read the post!

Don’t miss…

◆ A basic survival kit for the 21st century

In his article, Malta’s Minister for Foreign & European Affairs Evarist Bartolo writes about: Diplo’s digital diplomacy training for the Namibia diplomatic corps; the use of digital diplomacy for peace, security, and cooperation; and the need for continuous training and capacity development. Read the article here!

◆ Should cyberattacks be regarded as warfare?

In his televised interview with TRT World, Diplo’s Director of Cybersecurity and E-diplomacy Vladimir Radunović discussed whether cyberattacks should be regarded as warfare, the role of international law in cyberspace, and the problem of cyberattack attribution. Watch the interview!

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Diplo team at external events

◆ New Regular Cyber-dialogue at the UN: Mapping our expectations with reality

Diplo’s Director of Cybersecurity and E-diplomacy Vladimir Radunović participated in Kaspersky’s Community Talks on Cyber Diplomacy discussion titled ‘New Regular Cyber-dialogue at the UN: Mapping our expectations with reality’. Read the event report!

◆ Traversing the Metaverse: A Caribbean Perspective

The event, organised by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, in partnership with the Government of Barbados and Meta, explored various issues about the metaverse in an effort to educate and raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges for, in particular, small island developing states (SIDS). Diplo’s Vladimir Radunović participated. Find the event report, video recording, and article by Barbados Today on our event page.

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