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DiploNews – Issue 439 – 15 March 2022

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Upcoming events

◆ Towards a More Diverse International Standardisation Landscape: Motivations and Actions for Stakeholders in the ARIN Region

  • What motivates actors to participate in international standards developing organisations (SDOs), and how do they choose which organisations and areas to focus on?
  • How can stakeholders from the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) region concretely engage in international SDOs?
  • How can regional stakeholders strengthen their cooperation on digital standardisation issues at both regional and international levels?
  • What were the main outcomes during the ITU’s World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-20)?

⏰ Join us on Tuesday, 15th March, at 15:00 UTC (16:00 CET). Register now!

◆ Internet governance in March 2022 (Briefing #83)

The conflict in Ukraine has taken centre stage, and the magnitude of its digital impact is only rising. In our monthly Internet Governance Briefing, we will discuss decisions taken by authorities and private companies in reaction to the ongoing conflict, as well as their impact on the internet. More information and topics coming soon, so stay tuned and register.

⏰ Join the discussion on Tuesday, 29th March, at 12:00 UTC (14:00 CEST). Register now!


Main takeaways from our recent events

Science Diplomacy: The Road Ahead in 2022 (WebDebate #53)

Science diplomacy is now an important concept and practice. In this month’s Webdebate, Dr Katharina E. Höne, together with Dr Jean-Christophe Mauduit, Mr André Xuereb, and Mr Nikola Božić, discussed what we learned so far and what we can expect in the future . Watch the recording!

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Blogs and publications

◆ Science diplomacy lessons from the movie Don’t Look Up

What can we learn about science diplomacy from the movie Don’t Look Up? Do real-life scientists need to learn to communicate their ideas better, and what should they know about social media? Diplo alumna and Manager of the Newton-Khalidi Fund Muna Zaqsaw discusses these topics in her latest blog post. Read the post!

◆ Cyber road from Ukraine: Where will it take us?

The current political climate displays a high risk of cyberattacks getting out of control and escalating beyond the conflict in Ukraine. Diplo’s Director of Cybersecurity and E-diplomacy Vladimir Radunović offers an analysis. Read the post! 

◆ The Ukraine crisis may shape the future of the internet

The Ukraine crisis will have a profound impact on the future of the internet. We may face the possibility of a fragmented internet vs an internet as an integrated global public good. Diplo’s Executive Director Jovan Kurbalija explains how this crisis may shape the future of the internet. Read the post!

◆ Involvement of ARIN Service Region in International Digital Standardization

The international community and policymakers need to grasp and better comprehend how digital standards work, why they are important for the digital economy and society, and why standard-setting processes would benefit from a broader diversity of views. In her blog post, Diplo’s Kristina Hojstricova discusses what digital standards are and why we need more participation from small, developing countries in the development of international standards. Read the post!

◆ A new era of Chinese foreign policy

Is China ready to be a global leader? How does its foreign policy differ from those of the USA and Russia? What is China’s national security approach? Diplo alumnus Joelson Anere analyses the topic. Read the post!

◆ Digital Watch Monthly newsletter, Issue 67 (March 2022)

In our special report on the Ukraine conflict, we take a deep dive into the main cyber aspects, including the two main ways in which technology is being (mis)used, and the implications of disconnecting a country from the internet. We also analyse how the digital policy issues raised in this year’s State of the US Union address will affect global policy and geopolitics. Plus: A rich barometer of developments and a richer analysis of discussions from Geneva. Get your free copy!

◆ Digital Watch Weekly newsletter

Your weekend read is here! The latest Digital Watch issues offer analysis of a number of issues, including: extensive coverage on various aspects of the Ukraine–Russia conflict, Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, children’s well-being online, and cryptocurrencies. Read the latest issues: Issue 75 and Issue 76.

◆ ConfTech Digest #12

Our monthly ConfTech Digest brings together some of the most important updates from the world of online meetings. This issue covers Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Wonder, and Tixeo, and includes a short article on virtual-reality headsets. Read the digest!

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Diplo team at external events

◆ Official Geneva presentation of special UNDP report on human security

The event will serve as Geneva’s official presentation of the UNDP’s special report titled New Threats to Human Security in the Anthropocene: Demanding Greater Solidarity. Dr Jovan Kurbalija will participate in the event organised by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Geneva office. You can find detailed information on the official web page.

◆ Global Communications and Audiences: Propaganda, Fake News & AI Censorship

The webinar, organised by Data To Power, will explore how datafication and platformisation processes, as well as the rise in disinformation and propaganda tools, might affect global communications by disrupting the flow of global information exchange, and accelerating anxiety, negative sentiment, and cross-cultural misunderstanding among online participants. Diplo’s Katharina Höne is a panellist in this event’s Interactive Data Panel. Find more information on the official web page.

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