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DiploNews – Issue 472 – 1 August 2023

Diplo Academy upcoming courses and programmes

🎓 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.

During 16 to 20 months of online study, the programme guides 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.

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⭐ Humanitarian Diplomacy online course: Applications open! 

Applications are now open for our Humanitarian Diplomacy online diploma course, offered in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Learn how to advance your career and improve the work of your organisation!

Starts: 18 September 2023; Application deadline: 14 August 2023

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⭐ Autumn 2023 online courses: Applications open!

Register now to reserve your place in our popular autumn courses:

Application deadlines for certificates issued by Diplo: 11 September 2023

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

Need financial assistance? Scholarships available!

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

Blogs and publications

◆ AI and international peace: A new kid on the UN Security Council block

The UN Security Council had its first meeting on AI and international peace and security only six months after the explosion in the use of ChatGPT. Diplo’s Director of Cybersecurity & E-diplomacy Vladimir Radunovic explores the four main reasons AI has reached the UN Security Council’s agenda. Read the blog post

◆ What’s new with cybersecurity negotiations? The informal OEWG consultations on capacity building

As the Open-Ended Working Group starts its fifth substantive session, we bring you an recap of what they discussed in May 2023. Let’s delve into the intricacies of these discussions to gain a deeper understanding of the current dynamics! Read the blog post

◆ Can we make cyberspace less vulnerable through greater transparency?

Exploiting vulnerabilities in digital products and services is an — if not the — essential component of sophisticated cyberattacks. What can be done to make cyberspace less vulnerable? Vladimir Radunovic, Anastasiya Kazakova, and Serge Droz share their reflections in the Geneva Dialogue blog on steps to increase transparency in vulnerability treatment. Read the blog post

◆ Are vulnerabilities bad, and what can I do about it?

Discover why vulnerabilities matter and what their impact is on users. Serge Droz, senior adviser in the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and vice chair of the FIRST Board of Directors, unravels the risks associated with vulnerabilities in digital products and their disclosure. Read the blog post

◆ The Comanche: A short life of raiding

In his post, Diplo Senior Fellow Aldo Matteucci looks at the history of the Comanche and draws parallels to certain aspects of modern capitalist development, questioning the stability of a social system based on such practices. Read the blog post

◆ DW Weekly

Every week, the Digital Watch weekly newsletter brings you the latest in digital policy from around the world.

  • Weekly #121 (24 July 2023): AI laws are coming, says White House | UN Secretary-General announced AI measures | FTC suspends Microsoft-Activision case | Chinese hackers target US diplomats
  • Weekly #122 (31 July 2023): Sam Altman’s iris project is raising alarm bells | Industry leaders establish forum on frontier AI | US government challenges social media censorship order | Breton clarifies DSA shutdowns comment | EU investigating Microsoft for Teams-Office bundling

◆ Other highlights

Enjoy a selection of our latest updates:

◆ Diplo AI Diary

Diplo’s AI regularly writes about the latest AI-related news. Read the latest entries:

Latest videos and podcasts

◆ Geneva Dialogue podcast #1: Are vulnerabilities bad and what can I do about them?

Why do users need to care about cybersecurity in digital products? We asked our guests of the first episode of the Geneva Dialogue Talks: Serge Droz (Swiss FDFA; FIRST) and Justas Vilgalys (Proton). Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud or watch the video below.

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◆ DWshorts #15: Blue bird of Twitter replaced by Black X

In the latest episode of DWshorts, Su Sonia Herring talks about the latest in the semiconductor industry, Twitter’s rebranding to X, and Sam Altman’s Worldcoin.

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