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DiploNews – Issue 464 – 3 April 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.

Upcoming events

◆ Vulnerabilities in Digital Products: How Can Humans Decrease Risks for Humans? (4 Apr.)

Who is responsible for the vulnerabilities of digital products and supply chain security? What can vendors, manufacturers, regulators, diplomats, and users do to minimise vulnerability risks?

In this second Geneva Dialogue event, we look at key actors, discuss recent initiatives such as the EU Cyber Resilience Act, as well as calls for shifting responsibility to manufacturers in the US National Cybersecurity Strategy.

Register and join us on Tuesday, 4 April, 09:00–10:00 UTC (11:00–12:00 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. We need in-depth explorations on the possible applications of these tools, and focused discussions on how best to prepare diplomats and policymakers for the far-reaching changes that lie ahead.

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

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◆ Technology and Diplomacy: The Rise of Multilateralism in the Bay Area (13 Apr.)

If you live in the San Francisco area, join us in person for the official launch of the report Tech Diplomacy Practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, which explores the practice of tech diplomacy in the Bay Area, national digital strategies, and key tech companies.

This event is hosted by Swissnex in San Francisco and Diplo, and is supported by the Republic and Canton of Geneva. Register now!

WebDebate #59: What Can We Learn About AI Ethics and Governance From Non-Western Thought? (2 May)

Currently, Western thought dominates the conversation on AI ethics and governance, while valuable approaches from the Global South are being overlooked. One such approach is the ubuntu system of thought, which emphasises a collective understanding of life. By including these perspectives, we can broaden our understanding of AI ethics and governance and promote inclusivity.

Register and join the discussion on Tuesday, 2 May, at 13:00 UTC (15:00 CEST). Register now!

Main takeaways from our recent events

◆ Vulnerabilities in Digital Products: How Does This Impact the World Around Us?

In this dynamic webinar, we discussed the vulnerabilities of digital products: how they are exploited and what we can learn from these attacks. Don’t miss the second webinar in this series, Vulnerabilities in Digital Products: How Can Humans Decrease Risks for Humans?, which will be held on 4 April. Watch the first webinar here!

Blogs and publications

◆ What’s new with cybersecurity negotiations? OEWG 2021–2025 fourth substantive session

Proposals on countering ransomware, high hopes for a future points of contact (PoC) directory, and in-depth talks on the applicability of the UN Charter to cyberspace. Read the blog post!

◆ Minilateralism: A trend in regional diplomacy

We are witnessing small clusters of states using common interests to pursue specific objectives, which usually also produces closer cooperation in other fields. In his blog post, Amb. Kishan Rana looks at examples of minilateralism and extracts their common elements. Read the blog post!

◆ Connected objects: Is there need for greater scrutiny?

Our household objects are now gathering large amounts of data which can be accessed by manufacturers and third-party vendors. How does this affect our right to privacy and sensitive health-related data? Diplo faculty member Lee Hibbard analyses. Read the blog post!

◆ Language during COVID-19: UK case study

In her blog post written during the COVID-19 pandemic, Diplo faculty member Dr Biljana Scott analysed how the UK used language, framing, analogies, and metonymy to focus the public’s attention, especially in regard to the National Health Service (NHS). Read the blog post!

◆ ConfTech Digest #22 (February–March 2023)

Each month, Diplo’s ConfTech team brings together the most important updates from the world of online meetings. Read the latest issue and subscribe to receive the monthly digest in your inbox. Read the latest ConfTech Digest!

◆ Digital Watch Weekly Newsletter

The Digital Watch Weekly Newsletter brings you the latest in digital policy from around the world, covering topics such as competition, sustainability, digital rights, artificial intelligence, geopolitics, microchips, content policy, and more. Read the latest issues and subscribe to receive the newsletter in your inbox every Monday!

Latest videos

◆ Geneva Digital Atlas 2023

The Geneva Digital Atlas represents the most comprehensive mapping of digital policy actors and the internet governance scene in Geneva. It provides an in-depth coverage of the activities of over 40 actors, including the analysis of policy processes, a catalogue of core instruments, as well as featured events.

Join us on this journey in which we look at Geneva one actor at a time. Visit the Geneva Digital Atlas web page.

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◆ Protecting submarine cables: How to make the internet safer?

Submarine cables are the backbone of the internet, connecting countries and continents around the world. We rely on them for business, financial, and personal needs, and their vulnerabilities can cause serious harm to the global economy.

In this video, Dr Jovan Kurbalija explains how submarine cables work, and what we can and should do to protect them from malicious actors.

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◆ NEW! Conversations Across Time #1: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Why is Rousseau so important today for preparing the social contract for our digital and AI era?

Watch the video below and learn more about Diplo’s Conversations Across Time series.

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◆ NEW! DW Shorts #001

Diplo and the Digital Watch (DW) Observatory are proud to announce the launch of DW Shorts – a new series of video updates on the digital policy developments that matter the most. Every week, an expert from the DW Observatory will bring you the important details from the week’s digital policy highlights in a short video, giving viewers insight into why these developments are significant and their implications for countries, companies, and users worldwide.

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