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DiploNews – Issue 467 – 15 May 2023

Diplo Academy upcoming courses and programmes

🚨 Early bird discount ending on 1 June! 🎓 2024 MA in Contemporary Diplomacy (with internet governance specialisation)

Diplo is 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 summer online courses

Reserve your place in our popular summer courses!

👉🏼 Application deadlines for certificates issued by Diplo: 19 June 2023

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

◆ Need financial assistance? Scholarships and alumni discounts 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

◆ Conference on Building Trust in Digital Identities (31 May)

Digital identities hold the promise to enable economic inclusion and development, to facilitate access to public services, and the reliable validation of credentials in e-commerce. Yet, how might we ensure that digital identification systems are safe and trusted? The discussion is held in cooperation with the EPFL Center for Digital Trust (C4DT) and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

Join us on Wednesday, 31 May, 12:00–16:30 UTC (14:00–18:30 CEST), in Geneva or online. Learn more and register!

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Main takeaways from our recent events

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

Voices from the Global South have much to offer in the discussion on AI ethics and governance. Find out what our guest speakers shared. Watch the recording!

Blogs and publications

◆ Why might AI cause more ‘lost in translation’ worldwide?

Artificial intelligence may increase ‘lost in translation’ as it may ignore cultural differences and nuances in intercultural communication. How can we address the problem of AI and intercultural communication? In his blog post, Dr Jovan Kurbalija analyses the dilemma. Read the blog post!

◆ Contesting cyberspace: The offensive and defensive twiddles in the Russia–Ukraine war

The Russia–Ukraine war is the first wartime cyber conflict between states whose cyber capabilities are essentially well-matched. Akanksha Singh analyses the offensive and defensive tactics being used. Read the blog post!

◆ The border-making process in Africa

Are borders vital? Those drawn by colonial powers in Africa have created artificial divisions that continue to fuel conflicts even today. In his Diplo Wisdom Circle blog post, Aldo Matteucci analyses the origins of border-making. Read the blog post!

◆ ConfTech Digest #24, (April 2023)

The ConfTech Digest provides the latest updates from the world of online meetings. What have Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and Zoom been up to? Issue #24 includes info on subtitled presentations, improved virtual backgrounds, the automatic lowering of raised hands, added meeting information, an unmuting feature for host-designated interpreters, custom colours for subtitles, and much more. Read the latest ConfTech Digest!

◆ Digital Watch Monthly newsletter #79 (May 2023)

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The May issue of the Digital Watch Monthly looks at the implications of the Pentagon leaks on Discord and how they’re actually more significant than we think. Governments aren’t entirely sold on OpenAI’s ChatGPT potential – we explore the three main issues that are worrying them. We also take a look at April’s barometer, and the leading global digital policy events ahead in May. Read the latest Digital Watch Monthly!

◆ Digital Watch Weekly newsletter

Get the latest analysis in digital policy from around the world! 

Last week’s newsletter discussed the White House’s approach to regulating AI, NATO’s warning of potential Russian threats to undersea pipelines and cables, opposition to the fair share fee, new EU rulings on GDPR cases, EU Commission’s recommendations to combat online piracy, China’s draft standards for smart vehicles, and much more! Read the latest Digital Watch Weekly and subscribe to receive the newsletter in your inbox every Monday! 

Latest videos

◆ DW Shorts #7: Twitter calls and legacy accounts

In the latest episode of our DW Shorts series, Diplo’s Arvin Kamberi discusses the latest from Twitter (including calls, end-to-end encryption, and the removal of inactive accounts) and the cryptocurrency world (including the US push for stricter regulation and Bittrex’s closure).

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◆ DiplomacyLight podcast #007 with Dr Gordan Akrap

Don’t miss our DiplomacyLight episode with Dr Gordan Akrap. He is the driving force behind the Hybrid Warfare Research Institute and the Zagreb Security Forum. After a long and distinguished career in the Croatian diplomatic and intelligence services, Akrap’s recent focus is on national and regional security aspects involving ICTs, and specifically how informational strategies and operations can be used in public knowledge-shaping.

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Don’t miss…

◆ New Geneva Digital Atlas videos

Our journey through Geneva continues!

The Geneva Digital Atlas represents the most comprehensive mapping of digital policy actors and the internet governance scene in Geneva. It provides 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.

Visit the Geneva Digital Atlas web page to watch the latest videos and download your copy!

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