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DiploNews – Issue 462 – 1 March 2023

Diplo Academy upcoming courses and programmes

🐣 Limited early bird discount! 🎓 2024 MA in Contemporary Diplomacy (with internet governance specialisation)

Diplo is now accepting applications for the 2024 online Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy with a specialisation in internet governance, run in cooperation with the University of Malta Department of International Relations. The programme starts on 29 January 2024.

Apply by 1 June 2023 and benefit from our €400 early bird discount!

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.

❗ Financial assistance available:

  • Diplo alumni are entitled to a 20% reduction in tuition fees.
  • Applicants from developing countries can be awarded a limited number of partial scholarships.
  • Maltese applicants can benefit from up to 70% off the fee in tax credits as part of the Get Qualified scheme.

For further information and to apply, please visit the MA/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy web page.


Upcoming events

◆ WebDebate #57: What role can AI play in diplomatic negotiation? (7 Mar)

Join diplomats, academics, and AI experts for our next WebDebate on AI and diplomacy:

  • What is the (potential) role of AI in diplomatic negotiations?
  • Which AI tools have already been used, and which ones can we expect?
  • Which elements of a negotiation can be automated?

Register and join us on Tuesday, 7 March, at 14:00 UTC (15:00 CET). Register now!

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Blogs and publications

EU Cyber Resilience Act: Enforcing cyber norms far beyond Europe

The EU is drafting new cybersecurity rules, titled the Cyber Resilience Act (CRA), which have the potential to significantly change the IT sector. Diplo’s Cyber Diplomacy Knowledge Fellow Anastasiya Kazakova analyses how the proposal could affect global cybersecurity and stability. Read it here!

◆ How can ChatGPT help us rethink education?

Many universities and schools have already banned the use of AI for writing assignments, but this is only a short-term solution. What we need are long-term education reforms. Dr Jovan Kurbalija (Executive Director, Diplo) proposes several steps on this path . Read it here!

◆ Dive deep into protecting submarine cables: How to make the internet safer?

Submarine cables are the backbone of the internet and many other communication networks, and their vulnerability is the vulnerability of our society. In his blog post, Dr Jovan Kurbalija (Executive Director, Diplo) discusses several important questions, including:

  • Why are seabed cables important for the internet?
  • Can satellites replace submarine cables?
  • How are seabed cables protected?

Read the post here.

◆ Digital Watch Weekly

This week we celebrated the publication of the 100th issue of the Digital Watch Weekly newsletter. Read it here!

Diplo team at external events

◆ Brazil: A ‘soft’ digital power (publication and event recording)

In her article, written in collaboration with Bruna Martins dos Santos, Diplo’s Marilia Maciel (Head, Digital Commerce and Internet Policy) provides an overview of Brazil’s tech policies. The article is part of a report on the qualitative comparison of tech policies of nine digital middle powers (Brazil, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, Russia, South Korea, and the UK) by the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI). Additionally, a discussion was held on the main findings of the study. Read the report and watch the discussion!

◆ Bridging the Cybersecurity Skills Gap (event recording)

Diplo’s Vladimir Radunović (Director, Cybersecurity and E-diplomacy) participated in a discussion, organised by the World Bank’s Digital Development Global Practice, on how to develop and retain a professional cybersecurity workforce with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to fill some of the most in-demand cybersecurity roles in government and industry. Watch/listen to it now!

◆ Digital Geopolitics in the Asia-Europe Space: Issues, Actors, and Divides (event recording)

Watch Jovan Kurbalija’s (Executive Director, Diplo; Head, Geneva Internet Platform) lecture on 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. Watch it now!

Don’t miss…

◆ Launch of the Tech Diplomacy Network

Diplo is proud to be a partner of the newly launched Tech Diplomacy Network which aims to foster collaboration and dialogue between the diplomatic community, civil society, and tech industry in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The network aims to become a hub for the diplomatic community for exchanging ideas and best practices. Learn more!

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