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DiploNews – Issue 452 – 3 October 2022

Celebrating Diplo’s 20th anniversary!

Our 20th anniversary celebrations continue! Listen to what Anja Đajić and Andre Saramago have to say about Diplo!

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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Upcoming events

◆ Diplo’s Summit on Digital Diplomacy and Governance (18–19 November)

Preparations are underway for Diplo’s Summit on Digital Diplomacy and Governance, organised in cooperation with Malta’s Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The summit’s dedicated page now includes an FAQ section and a Summit and Media Pack with the latest confirmed details. Register for the summit!

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Blogs, publications, and reports

◆ Reports: 77th Session of the UN General Assembly

Our experts followed the high-level segment of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly, and provided daily updates and a final report in regard to each country’s digital priorities: AI, data, cybersecurity, online inclusion, the governance of digital public goods and commons, Our Common Agenda, and more. Read the final report!

Samarkand Declaration: Summary and annotated analysis

Digital topics feature in 16 out of the 120 points of the Samarkand Declaration, which was adopted on 16 September 2022 at the Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. You can now read a brief summary of the digital topics and an annotated analysis

◆ Beyond the hype of the race for 5G

How is 5G becoming a national security topic? Will the USA win the 5G race against China? Are the Global South and South Asia ready for 5G? Diplo alumnus Yug Desai analyses in his blog post. Read the blog post!

It was 20 years ago today: Two decades of the increased research, education, and digital development of diplomacy 

In his latest blog post, Diplo senior fellow Milan Jazbec writes about his personal and academic experience with Diplo in the past 20 years. Read the blog post!

Alt text and inclusive communication: Is a picture really worth a thousand words?

Web accessibility is the law in many places, and includes ‘alt text’, a text description of an image that can be read by a screen reader, for the visually impaired. But do we use it in the right way? Diplo’s Ginger Paque analyses. Read the blog post!

Don’t miss…

◆ Promoting and Protecting Human Rights in the Digital Era

The discussion explored the ways forward for new and emerging digital technologies with regard to human rights, and was organised 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).  Watch the recording!


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