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DiploNews – Issue 480 – 1 December 2023

Diplo Academy upcoming courses and programmes

🆕 Special assistance fund for LDCs! 2024 MA in Contemporary Diplomacy (with internet governance specialisation)

We are pleased to announce a special assistance fund for applicants from least developed countries (LDCs). Through this fund, eligible applicants can receive financial support of up to 75% of the postgraduate fee. The fund is supported by the Government of Malta through the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade (MFET).

The programme starts on 29 January 2024, and is run in cooperation with the Department of International Relations, University of Malta.

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. Interested in learning more or in applying? Write to us at admissions@diplomacy.edu

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❄️ Applications open! Winter 2024 online courses

Reserve your place in our popular winter course!

👉🏼 Application deadlines for certificates issued by Diplo: 15 January 2024

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 2024. Browse our course catalogue and contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu for further information.

2023 Diplo Days in Geneva (4–8 Dec.)

Join us for a wide range of sessions and discussions on AI and digital technologies during UNCTAD eWeek 2023:

▪ 4 Dec: Launch of Hybrid Reporting from UNCTAD eWeek
▪ 6 Dec: AI governance and Diplomacy @ eWeek
▪ 7 Dec: Launch of The Geneva Manual & Diplo Evening
▪ 8 Dec: Strengthening African Digital Diplomacy

Find all the details on our Diplo Days in Geneva page.

◆ Diplo @ UNCTAD eWeek 2023 (4–8 Dec.)

Shaping the Future of the Digital Economy is the theme for UNCTAD eWeek 2023, which will be held in Geneva from 4 to 8 December. The GIP Digital Watch Observatory will once again offer just-in-time reporting, provided by DiploAI and a team of experts.

Below is a list of events that Diplo and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) are either organising or participating in during UNCTAD eWeek.

4 December 2023:

  • High-Level Opening Session (Dr Jovan Kurbalija will introduce Diplo’s hybrid reporting)
  • Scenario of the Future With the Youth (session by Diplo, UNCTAD, and FES)

6 December 2023:

  • Sessions organised by Diplo:
    Digital Economy Agreements and the Future of Digital Trade Rulemaking (session by Diplo and CUTS)
    Bottom-up AI and the Right to be Humanly Imperfect (session by Diplo)
  • Diplo’s experts will participate in the following sessions:
    Employing AI for Consumer Grievance Redressal Mechanisms (session by CUTS International; Diplo’s Marilia Maciel will be a key speaker)
    G20 Contributions to Digital Economy and Digitalization for Development (session by the Permanent Missions of Indonesia and Saudi Arabia; Dr Jovan Kurbalija will be a key speaker)
    High-Level Panel Discussion on the Digital Economy in the Age of AI: Implications for Developing Countries (session by the UNCTAD Secretariat; Dr Jovan Kurbalija will be a key speaker)

You can find more information and related articles on our UNCTAD eWeek 2023 page.

◆ Geneva Dialogue: The launch of the Geneva Manual (7 Dec.)

How do we translate diplomatic agreements and existing cyber norms into real security for us all?

Join us on Thursday, 7 December (10:00–16:30 CET) as we discuss vulnerabilities in digital products and networks, cyberthreats, security concerns, responsibilities, and cooperation between states and non-state actors.

During this event, we will also launch and discuss the Geneva Manual, a comprehensive guide to the contributions of non-state actors in implementing cyber norms. Register to join live!


Blogs and publications

◆ Four seasons of AI: From excitement to clarity in the year of ChatGPT

ChatGPT was launched by OpenAI a year ago, triggering considerable excitement. On this first anniversary, Jovan Kurbalija takes a step back to reflect and see what lies ahead of us. Read the blog post.

◆ As ChatGPT turns one, can Geneva help reconcile tech and ethics?

On the commemoration of World International Negotiations Day and the first anniversary of ChatGPT, Jovan Kurbalija examines the art of (and battle for) compromise, and discusses Geneva’s role in harmonising technological and ethical progress. This article has been published on the Geneva Solutions website. Read the article.

◆ How can legal wisdom from 19th-century Montenegro and Valtazar Bogišić help AI regulation?

Jovan Kurbalija draws parallels between the legal wisdom of Valtazar Bogišić (the drafter of the Montenegrin civil code in 1888) and today’s challenges in regulating AI. According to Kurbalija, Bogišić’s methodology of seamlessly blending tradition with innovation is strikingly relevant today. As we grapple with the complexities of governing AI, combining societal traditions with the latest technological developments becomes crucial. Read the blog post.

◆ ‘Soft power’ is nothing more than influence

Is the term ‘soft power’ just a redundant buzzword in government and academic circles? Geoff R. Berridge examines its true meaning and how it’s often misunderstood in international relations. Read the blog post.

◆ A tale of Incan communal knowledge and Plato’s elite rulers

What’s more reliable: a bridge built on centuries-old, proven knowledge, or a state governed by inexperienced elite ‘philosopher kings’? Aldo Matteucci looks at the contrast between communal wisdom and elite-driven governance. Read the blog post.

◆ DW Weekly

Published every Monday, the Digital Watch weekly newsletter brings you the latest in digital policy from around the world, plus a new week-ahead section.

  • Issue #137: Biden-Xi meeting outcomes | Sam Altman moving to Microsoft | US Senate’s new AI transparency bill | Meta and others challenge EU’s Digital Markets Act gatekeeper status
  • Issue #138: EU warring on AI Act | OpenAI – Last week’s episode | India warns social media giants on content | Binance hit with historic USD 4.2 billion fine

Latest videos

◆ The Enlightenment and Geneva (Byte-sized Insights #7)

In this latest video in the Byte-sized Insights series, Dr Jovan Kurbalija briefly explores the Enlightenment’s impact on Geneva with Rousseau and Voltaire, with particular reference to contrasting views on individualism and societal intervention.

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◆ Human rationality & progress (Byte-sized Insights #6)

Modernity and humanity are the two pillars upon which the Enlightenment has shaped world history.

In this video from the Byte-sized Insights series, Dr Jovan Kurbalija discusses the dynamic relationship between modernity and humanity in the age of AI, exploring the evolving tensions and risks at the intersection of progress and human agency.

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◆ Big Tech Owes Billions (DWshorts #18)

In the latest DWshorts, Su Sonia Herring talks about:

  • Big Tech owing billions of dollars to news publishers
  • YouTube implementing the mandatory disclosure for AI-generated content
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Don’t miss…

◆ Ebook: ‘Diplomacy and Globalization: Theorizing, Cases and Synergies’

This book, written by Ambassador Milan Jazbec, demonstrates the undeniable intertwinement of globalisation and diplomacy, and their co-dependence. On one hand, diplomacy is undoubtedly one of the strongest pillars of the world community; on the other hand, it is also one of the most adaptable, with the capability to quickly adjust to the ever-changing relationships within global society. Read more about this publication.

◆ Discussion: New Metaverse Frontiers for National Governments (6 Dec.)

Diplo’s Director for Digital Policy Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila will participate in the discussion New Metaverse Frontiers for National Governments. The event is part of The Metaverse Spectrum Business Conference & Expo, and will be held online on Wednesday, 6 December 2023, at 10:00 EST (15:00 UTC). Read more.

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