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DiploNews – Issue 475 – 15 September 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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🍂 Autumn 2023 online courses!

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

Application deadlines for certificates issued by Diplo: 27 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.

Reporting from UN General Assembly and IGF 2023

◆ UNGA 78: Reporting from the 78th session of the UN General Assembly (19–29 Sept.)

This year, we will be using AI in our just-in-time reporting from the UN General Assembly. Together with our experts, DiploGPT will be identifying trends as discussions unfold in New York.

Subscribe to our mailing list to receive UNGA 78 updates and session reports. Visit the UNGA 78 page.

IGF 2023: Diplo and the GIP at the 2023 Internet Governance Forum (8–12 Oct.)

Diplo and GIP experts will be taking part in IGF 2023, which will be held 8–12 October in Kyoto, Japan:

  • Just-in-time reporting
    As in previous years, the GIP Digital Watch Observatory will provide just-in-time reporting from IGF 2023. Bookmark the Digital Watch space or download the Dig.Watch News+ app to stay up to date with our session reports and newsletters.
  • Diplo&GIP IGF sessions
    Diplo and GIP experts organise, support, participate in, and moderate IGF discussions. Find this year’s session list on our dedicated page.
  • Diplo&GIP booth at IGF Village
    If you are attending the IGF in Kyoto, make sure to stop by our booth; we would love to meet you. If you’re joining online, please visit our virtual booth.

Main takeaways from our recent events

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

We have come to the end of our summer Recycling Ideas series, where we explored ideas and traditions that could help us create a social contract for the AI era. We invite you to browse through the Recycling Ideas blog posts and watch the closing webinar below.

Blogs and publications

◆ Digital Watch newsletter, Issue #82 (September 2023)

The DW Monthly newsletter now has more in-depth analysis of the developments that matter the most!

Some highlights:

  • Both companies and governments around the world are working on ways to govern AI quickly.
  • Brussels’s Digital Services Act and the newly adopted EU–US Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework will affect how things work beyond the EU.
  • Paypal’s new stablecoin seems to have a better chance than Facebook’s Libra.

Read the latest DW Monthly.

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◆ The New Delhi G20 Summit: Reflections from India

The G20 New Delhi Declaration was finally adopted. In his latest blog post, Asoke Mukerji (Former Indian Ambassador; Diplo Senior Fellow) provides a multifaceted analysis that focuses on economic cooperation, inclusive multilateralism, shared digital infrastructure, governance reform, and IBSA momentum in G20. Read the blog post.

◆ What is the future of PDF on its 30th anniversary?

The creation of the PDF file format was a turning point in digital documentation. As we move further away from traditional publishing methods, one might wonder if PDF will eventually lose its purpose. Dr Jovan Kurbalija offers his perspective. Read the blog post.

◆ ConfTech Digest #28

Learn about the latest updates from the world of online meetings! In ConfTech Digest #28, we covered the latest features provided by online platforms, including animated backgrounds, spatial audio, an updated hover menu, control of the zoom level of shared content, simplified room booking, and an AI assistant. Read ConfTech Digest #28.

◆ DW Weekly

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

  • Weekly #126: UN cybercrime treaty makes limited headway | USA eyeing new copyright rules for AI | Websites blocking GPTbot | UK MPs urge government to introduce new AI rules
  • Weekly #127: New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration| EC designates gatekeepers under DMA | Monopoly trial against Google starts

◆ The exciting world of AI and its impacts on technology

The post, fully written using AI, discusses some of the latest AI news: Meta and Google’s upcoming AI systems, the EfficientViT computer vision model, AI-related jobs, AI copyright, and more! Read the blog post.

Don’t miss…

◆ Brussels meets Geneva in the AI era (26 Sept.)

How can human-centred AI and digital policy be fostered in the international ecosystems of Brussels and Geneva? Jovan Kurbalija (Executive Director, Diplo; Head, GIP) will moderate this discussion, which will be held at the Mission of Switzerland to the EU in Brussels. Read more.

◆ Interested in 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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