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DiploNews – Issue 463 – 15 March 2023

Diplo Academy upcoming courses and programmes

NEW! Tech Diplomacy online course

Diplo’s new Tech Diplomacy online course looks at the interactions between diplomats and the tech sector. Explore the emergence of tech diplomacy and become a more effective practitioner in our six-week course, starting May 2023. Find out more and apply!

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🐣 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.


🌼 Applications open! Diplo’s 2023 spring online courses

Register now to reserve your place in our specialised spring courses:

👉🏼 Application deadlines for certificates issued by Diplo: 4 April 2023

For further information and to apply, click the course titles above or visit Diplo’s course catalogue.

◆ Need financial assistance? Scholarships are available.

Thanks to 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 2023 online courses. Browse our course catalogue and contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu for further information.

Diplo and the GIP at WSIS 2023

If you are joining this year’s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum in person, make sure to pass by the Diplo & GIP booth, and don’t forget to join our session Strengthening Africa’s Voices in Global Digital Processes (co-organised with the Permanent Missions of Djibouti, Kenya, and Namibia) on Friday, 17 March, 11:00–11:45 CET. The session will be held in situ only. Read more!

ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin, and WSIS Forum 2023 Chairperson (and Slovenian Minister of Digital Transformation) Dr Emilija Stojmenova Duh visit the Diplo and GIP booth at the WSIS 2023 Forum.

Upcoming events

◆ Vulnerabilities in Cyberspace: How Does This Impact the World Around Us? (29 Mar)

What do the SolarWinds hack, the use of Pegasus spyware, and the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack have in common? Even though they have different targets, threat actors, and impacts, they all exploit software vulnerabilities.

In this Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace webinar, together with expert panellists, we will discuss:

  • How do vulnerabilities emerge, how are they exploited, and to what end?
  • What can we learn from these exploitations?
  • What role do software vulnerabilities play in today’s digitalised society?

Join us on Wednesday, 29 March, 13:00–14:00 UTC (15:00–16:00 CEST). Register now!

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◆ WebDebate #58: How to Train Diplomats to Deal With AI and Data? (4 Apr)

The use of AI tools in everyday life and diplomatic practice is becoming more and more prominent. In our next WebDebate, together with diplomats, scholars, and capacity development practitioners, we explore the following questions:

  • What are the capacity development needs of diplomats and policymakers?
  • What are examples of effective capacity development in the area of AI?
  • What lessons learned can be identified and how can these lessons be implemented in new and existing programmes? 

Join us on Tuesday, 4 April, at 13:00 UTC (15:00 CEST). Register now!

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Main takeaways from our recent events

◆ WebDebate #57: What role can AI play in diplomatic negotiation?

With our three guest speakers, we discussed how AI can play a role in diplomatic negotiation and conflict resolution, providing concrete examples and considerations for further research and application. Amongst other things, the discussion highlighted the importance of considering the opportunities of AI for peace and the need for trust and inclusivity. Read more and re-watch WebDebate #57!

Blogs and publications

◆ Origins of zero: A fascinating story of science and spirituality across civilisations

Discover number 0’s fascinating history, from ancient India, Baghdad, Italy, and the Austrian Empire until today. Jovan Kurbalija (Executive Director, Diplo) additionally analyses how ‘0’ and ‘1’ became the backbone of the digital age. Read the blog post!

◆ Two kinds of conversation: Dialectic and dialogic

Debates are supposed to yield ‘truth’, but this leads to ‘one truth against an infinite number of untruths’. In his Diplo Wisdom Circle post, Aldo Matteucci (Senior Fellow, Diplo) explains how we can overcome this tendency. Read the blog post!

◆ Law & ChatGPT: Will AI take over lawyers and judges?

ChatGPT recently made its very first appearance in a court of law when a Colombian judge consulted it about his decision. In her post, Bojana Kovač (Researcher, Diplo) writes about the case and discusses the extent to which AI systems can help or replace professionals in the the justice system. Read the blog post!

◆ DW Monthly #77 is out!

In this latest issue, we look at:

  • AI-powered search engines: The race is on!
  • How are algorithms putting Section 230 to the test?
  • A look ahead at the main global digital policy events in March
  • A retrospective of digital policy developments in February

Read online or download a copy!

◆ Read DW Weekly #102

In the latest DW Weekly newsletter:

  • TikTok introduces Project Clover
  • India plans data flows by default
  • China to set up data bureau
  • Meta threatens to block news access in Canada

Read the latest DW Weekly here!

Don’t miss…

The Rise of Digital Diplomacy: A Conversation With Jovan Kurbalija (podcast)

In this interview by the Library & Archives at the UN in Geneva, Dr Jovan Kurbalija (Executive Director, Diplo) talks about:

  • Digital diplomacy and the impact it has on multilateralism and international cooperation
  • Highlights from the 2022 Summit on Digital Diplomacy and Governance held in Malta
  • Trends in digital geopolitics and geoeconomics
  • Why diplomats need new skills to keep up with the latest technology

Listen to the podcast on Podbean, Apple Podcasts, or YouTube.

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