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DiploNews – Issue 460 – 1 February 2023

👉🏼 Join us today (1 Feb) at 13:00 CET (12:00 UTC) for the 8th Geneva Engage Awards! Learn more and register.

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Upcoming events

◆ 8th Geneva Engage Awards (1 Feb)

Which International Geneva actors will top the list for their social media outreach and online engagement? And who will receive the new Accessibility Award for website accessibility efforts?

Join us today at 13:00 CET (12:00 UTC) to find out the winners! Learn more and register!

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WebDebate #56: Will AI take over diplomatic reporting? (7 Feb)

Every day, thousands of reports (also known as diplomatic cables) are produced by diplomats around the world. With the advent of artificial intelligence (AI), and in particular the release of ChatGPT, we have to ask ourselves: Will AI take over diplomatic reporting?

Join our experts and guests on Tuesday, 7 February, at 15:00 CET (14:00 UTC). Learn more and register!

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Blogs and publications

◆ Digital etiquette in 2023: Can AI make online communications more polite?

Digital etiquette will further evolve in 2023 with ChatGPT and AI-driven communication. 

  • Will AI be more polite than people? 
  • Can we reverse the trend of increased impoliteness?

In his blog post, Jovan Kurbalija (Executive Director, Diplo) looks at the evolution of digital etiquette, its current relevance, and future prospects. Read the blog post!

◆ Digital governance in International Geneva in 2023: What to expect and how to respond

Predicting the future is tricky, but existing patterns provide clues on what to expect and how to respond.

In their blog post, Diplo’s Jovan Kurbalija (Executive Director) and Stephanie Borg Psaila (Director of Digital Policy) look at geopolitical tensions; discussions on values, ethics, and human rights; negotiations on commerce and trade; new leaderships; the work of international organisations; and a lesson from Geneva’s enlightenment period. Read the blog post!

◆ How should we visualise AI?

When trying to convey a substantive message, there is always the risk of falling back on stereotypes, cliches, or jargon. This blog post summarises many of the dialogues that have taken place between Diplo’s communications and AI teams. Read the blog post!

◆ WEF 2023: Is Davos becoming tech shy?

Was the 2023 World Economic Forum (WEF) tech shy? This year, digital technologies were covered in only 15 sessions: AI (5), data (5), the metaverse (3), crypto (1), and quantum (1). Jovan Kurbalija analyses. Read the blog post!

◆ Digital Watch Weekly Newsletter

The Digital Watch weekly newsletter is back! Published every Monday, the newsletter brings the latest in digital policy from around the world, plus a new ‘week-ahead’ section. Read the latest issues, and register to receive it in your inbox!

Don’t miss…

◆ Policy analysis: The Renaissance of Industrial Policy and Its Articulation With Data Governance (IISD Trade and Sustainability Review)

The exponential growth of digital technology in the last two decades has transformed industrial policy. Marilia Maciel (Head, Digital Commerce and Internet Policy, Diplo) discusses the threats and opportunities of digital industrialisation for developing countries. The analysis is available in English, French, and Spanish.

◆ Webinar: ‘Digital Geopolitics in the Asia-Europe Space: Issues, Actors, and Divides’ (8 Feb)

Jovan Kurbalija (Executive Director, Diplo; Head, Geneva Internet Platform) will deliver the lecture ‘Digital Geopolitics in the Asia-Europe Space: Issues, Actors, and Divides’ which will focus on digital and data flows around and across Eurasia. It will tackle questions about the possible shift of data flows to the East, the geographical distribution of data centres in Europe or Asia, trends in geoeconomics, as well as other questions that influence digital geopolitics within the Asia-Europe space.

The lecture is organised by the Department of International Political Economy of East Asia, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and hosted by the Jean Monnet Chair ‘Connecting Europe and Asia: People, Power and Policies’ (CEAPPP). For more information, visit the official event page.

◆ Science Diplomacy Week (8-12 May)

From 8 to 12 May 2023, the Geneva Coalition on Anticipatory Science and Diplomacy is organising the second edition of the Science Diplomacy Week in International Geneva to promote anticipatory science and diplomacy as an effective tool for renewed multilateralism. Diplo is proud to be part of the Geneva Coalition on Anticipatory Science and Diplomacy and a programme partner for Science Diplomacy Week 2023. Learn more here!

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