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DiploNews – Issue 451 – 15 September 2022

Announcing the Summit on Digital Diplomacy and Governance

Diplo is proud to announce the Summit on Digital Diplomacy and Governance which will take place 18–19 November 2022 in Malta. 

The summit, organised by Diplo in cooperation with Malta’s Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, will look at the future of diplomacy by analysing the previous decades in which technology was used in and for diplomacy. The summit will also mark Diplo’s 20th anniversary.

Diplomats, academics, technologists, and NGO representatives will discuss digital diplomacy and governance, AI, e-commerce, cybersecurity, and other issues that shape our digital future, as well as policy processes, including ongoing negotiations on the proposed Global Digital Compact.

Visit the Summit website to learn more and to participate. For queries and press contacts, write to us at malta@diplomacy.edu

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Celebrating Diplo’s 20th anniversary!

We’re celebrating 20 years of Diplo! Watch the latest 20th Diploversary Stories!

Visit our Diploversary page, find out more about Diplo’s history, and stay tuned for more birthday news!

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Upcoming study opportunities

⭐ Subscribe to Diplo’s Courses Newsletter and stay informed about our upcoming courses, programmes, and workshops.

Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy!

Diplo is now accepting applications for the 2023 online Master/Postgraduate Diploma 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 30 January 2023.

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 MA/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy web page.

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Autumn 2022 online courses: Applications open!

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

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Application deadlines for certificates issued by Diplo: 27 September 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.

Upcoming events

Trustworthy Data Spaces: A Dialogue Between North and South (WTO Public Forum 2022) (29 Sept.)

How can current proposals promote a more equal distribution of benefits in the data economy, and what negotiations are taking place at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in regard to data flows?

This event, which is part of WTO’s Public Forum 2022, is being organised by Diplo, the Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP). For more information, visit our event page

Main takeaways from our recent events

Data Governance in the Context of Emerging Technologies: Promoting Human-Centred and Development-Oriented Societies

The webinar presented the opening lecture of Diplo’s Data Governance in the Digital Economy online course which aims to analyse the complexity of data governance from a holistic approach, with a particular emphasis on the economic importance of data for development strategies. Read the event report and watch the recording!

Blogs and publications

Intercultural communication and logical fallacies

In her Diplo Wisdom Circle article, Dr Biljana Scott discusses the logical fallacy ‘hasty generalisation’ and how it impacts our beliefs. Read the blog post!

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◆ AI: A Threat or a Chance for Humanity? (15 Sept.)

How can artificial intelligence serve the common good? What are the values which should guide its development, and how can decision-makers be equipped to develop the needed legal and governance structures?

This event is organised by Centre International John Knox in collaboration with Diplo, and will see the participation of Diplo’s Executive Director Dr Jovan Kurbalija. Read more about this event!

Don’t miss…

◆ Promoting and Protecting Human Rights in the Digital Era (19 Sept.)

This event is coorganised by the Core Group on New and Emerging Digital Technologies and Human Rights (Republic of Korea, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Morocco, Singapore) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). It will explore the ways forward for new and emerging digital technologies that are guided by a human-rights approach, and will bring relevant communities to a multistakeholder table to take stock of recent discussions on this cross-cutting agenda. Register for this event!

◆ Is AI at the forefront of a new Cold War?

An interview with Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski, Diplo senior fellow and former chair of the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), with TRT World about artificial intelligence and the use of weapons. Watch the video below!

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