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DiploNews – Issue 466 – 1 May 2023

Diplo Academy upcoming courses and programmes

NEW! Tech Diplomacy online course (applications closing soon!)

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 8 May 2023. Find out more and apply!

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🚨 Limited early bird discount ending soon! 🎓 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 closing soon! Diplo’s 2023 spring online courses

Last chance to apply for our specialised spring courses!

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

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

Descartes proclaimed, ‘I think, therefore I am.’ On the other hand, ubuntu builds on a collective understanding of life and states, ‘I am because we are.’

With these contrasting views in mind, we will discuss the limitations of a Western-dominated approach to AI ethics and governance, and what can non-Western systems of thought add to the conversation.

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

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◆ Tech Diplomacy: New Impulses for the Geneva Ecosystem? (12 May)

Join us as we dive deeper into the various forms of interaction between tech and diplomacy. By looking at the recently published report on the practice of tech diplomacy in the San Francisco Bay Area, we will discuss and highlight lessons for the Geneva ecosystem and the future of diplomatic practice.

This event will be held as part of the Open Forum of the Science Diplomacy Week in Geneva.

Register and join us on Friday, 12 May, 14:00–15:30 CEST, at the Campus Biotech in Geneva. Register now!

Blogs and publications

◆ Governments vs ChatGPT: Regulation around the world

ChatGPT has taken the world by storm and governments are stepping in to ensure that AI is regulated. In her blog post, Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila looks at three main hotspots: the EU, China, and the USA. Read the blog post!

◆ Governments vs ChatGPT: Investigations around the world

The impact of OpenAI’s ChatGPT has raised concerns over privacy, data protection, data breaches, and transparency issues as to how the model was trained. A number of countries have opened investigations. This blog post looks at investigations run by Canada, the EU, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA. Read the blog post!

◆ How can we balance security and privacy in the digital world?

Privacy in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region is jeopardised by inadequate regulations and lack of transparency, as highlighted by the case of Malcolm Bidali. Diplo alumnus Nourredine Bessadi explores potential solutions. Read the blog post!

◆ A new non-alignment

Will the Ukraine conflict reshape global alliances? While China remains a prominent rival for the USA, the current situation is not a Cold War redux. Amb. Kishan Rana delves into the nuances. Read the blog post!

◆ Humanising immigration: Taking the discussion further

Immigration is more than just numbers and statistics; it concerns human beings. In her Diplo Wisdom Circle post, Dr Biljana Scott discusses how we can rehumanise immigration and the role diplomacy can play. Read the blog post!

◆ The potential impact of AI technology on society

Every week, Diplo’s AI collects and comments on some of the most important AI news. In it’s latest entry, it covered, among others, AI-generated music being taken down on copyright claims, the Federal Trade Commission’s worries regarding AI, and governments’ steps in regulating AI. Read the blog post!

◆ 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, AI, geopolitics, microchips, content policy, and more. Read the latest issues and subscribe to receive the newsletter in your inbox every Monday!

Latest videos

Diplomacy Light podcast with Paul Scharre: Commanding Heights in the Century of Artificial Intelligence

An award-winning defense expert tells the story of today’s great power rivalry: the struggle to control AI. Watch the latest episode of our Diplomacy Light podcast as we host author Paul Scharre and discuss his latest book Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.

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◆ DW Shorts

Each week, an expert from the Digital Watch Observatory provides you with the week’s digital policy highlights in a short video, giving viewers insight into why these developments are significant, as well as their implications for countries, companies, and users. Watch the most recent DW Short below.

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Don’t miss…

◆ The Geneva Dialogue rides again to enhance security and stability in cyberspace

The Geneva Dialogue is back! The recent public webinars set the stage for what’s to come. Amb. Benedikt Wechsler (Head, Division for Digitalisation, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)) and Ms Nina Katharina Frey Bossoni (Deputy Head, Division for Digitalisation, FDFA) share upcoming plans on building a community to facilitate the implementation of cyber norms. Learn more!

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