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DiploNews – Issue 474 – 1 September 2023

📢 The new Dig.Watch News+ app: Your source for digital policy developments!

The new Dig.Watch News+ app, available for Android and iOS devices, keeps you up to date with the latest digital policy developments!

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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: 8 September 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.

Upcoming events

◆ AI Axial Moment: From history’s lessons to future AI governance

Join us for the webinar on 5 September (14.00 CEST | 12.00 UTC) when Jovan Kurbalija will delineate a bridge between the past discussed in Recycling Ideas (see below) and the future of AI governance. Dr Kurbalija will look at practical ways to harness the past to negotiate future AI principles and rules. Read more and register!

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Blogs and publications

Recycling Ideas: Using old knowledge for the new AI era

In August, Dr Jovan Kurbalija presented us with an enlightening collection of texts that delve into history, skillfully guiding us to navigate the upcoming AI era. Visit the Recycling Ideas page or read the individual blog posts below. And don’t miss Tuesday’s webinar (see above)!

◆ A journey of discovery: Using simulation and AI to teach and learn about digital governance

Join Sorina Teleanu (Director of Knowledge, Diplo) as she details her educational journey in Driebergen, where she delved into digital governance with 22 students. The fusion of traditional teaching, simulations, and AI guidance defined the Digital Europe summer school. Discussions ranged from discerning digital technology reality to crafting a Global Digital Compact. Read the blog post.

◆ Software supply chain security

In the fast-paced world of software development, even the best intentions can lead to unexpected vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities can pose security risks and impact many organisations in supply chains. As part of the Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace, Imad Aad (Technical Project Manager, Center for Digital Trust (C4DT)) discusses ways to make software and our lives safer. Read the blog post.

◆ Examining human destiny: Ancient Greece vs Judeo-Christianity

Join Senior Fellow Aldo Matteucci as he analyses human destiny from the gods of ancient Greece to the divine will of Judeo-Christianity. 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 #124 (21 August 2023): USA restricting investment in China in key tech sectors | China blocks Intel’s acquisition of Tower Semiconductor | Trudeau blasts Meta for blocking news amid fires | TikTok adheres with DSA, but is blocked in NYC
  • Weekly #125 (28 August 2023): EU DSA imposes stricter rules on tech giants | BRICS announces AI study group | Record-breaking rise in ransomware attacks | Data protection authorities concerned by data scraping | Getting ready for quantum-powered cyberattacks

◆ Exploring artificial intelligence developments: From brain implants to ChatGPT enterprise

In its diary, Diplo AI writes about some of the latest AI-related headlines, including brain implants that read people’s thoughts, AI helping in diagnosing heart disease, Tesla’s new supercomputer, and more! Read it here.

Latest videos

◆ Byte-sized Insights #4: Digital transformation & diplomacy

In this short video, Dr Jovan Kurbalija talks about the three primary pillars of the digital transformation of diplomacy.

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◆ AI Shorts #1: White House sends hackers against AIs

In this first episode, Yung-Hsuan Wu shares exciting details about a White-House-backed hacking challenge against major language models, AI models helping companies manage supply chains, and a unique AI avatar that can replicate speech patterns and accents by using only two minutes of video and three minutes of audio to train the model. Check out the video below!

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Don’t miss…

◆ Reporting from the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78)

This September, AI will ‘join’ our team for just-in-time reporting from UNGA 78. Together with our experts, DiploGPT will identify inputs and trends as discussions in New York unfold. At our dedicated page, you will be able to follow topics of your interest and positions of member states, as well as register to receive updates via email. Read more.

◆ La gouvernance du numérique et Genève

In his article in Tribune de Genève, Jonas Pasquier (Head, Global Affairs, Swiss Mission to the UN in Geneva) writes about digital governance in Geneva and mentions Diplo and GIP’s Geneva Digital Atlas as one of the digital governance initiatives. Read the article

◆ CIGF 2023: AI Opportunities, Risks and Challenges of Generative AI

At the Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF), Yung-Hsuan Wu (Researcher, Diplo) took part in the discussion AI – Opportunities, Risks and Challenges of Generative AI, where he gave examples from Diplo’s work on generative AI. See his presentation below!

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