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DiploNews – Issue 482 – 02 January 2024

Wishing you a Diplo-tastic 2024, filled with joy and unforgettable moments!

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Diplo Academy upcoming courses and programmes

❄️ 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.

Upcoming events

◆ Webinar: AI and Digital Predictions for 2024 (11 Jan.)

How will AI develop in 2024? What are the top digital trends to keep an eye on?

Join Jovan Kurbalija (Executive Director, Diplo; Head, Geneva Internet Platform) on Thursday, 11 January 2024, 13:00–14:00 UTC (14:00–15:00 CET) as he addresses these and other questions in our yearly predictions event.

Register to attend this event!

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◆ Webinar: The Impact of AI on Data Collection, Exploitation, Protection, and Privacy in Africa (17 Jan.)

Join us as we explore the transformative impact of rapidly advancing AI technologies on data collection, exploitation, protection, and privacy in Africa, focusing on the implications of AI use in various domains.

By also looking at the Malabo Convention, this webinar aims to assess risks and challenges in data-related domains, explore opportunities, highlight ethical considerations, and propose policy recommendations.

Join us on 17 January 2024, 13:30–15:00 UTC (16:30–18:00 Nairobi time)

Read more and register to attend!

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Blogs and publications

◆ AI and digital in 2023: From a winter of excitement to an autumn of clarity

Every year, Diplo offers a series of digital policy predictions. Now that 2023 is behind us, Dr Jovan Kurbalija revisits and comments on our 2023 AI and digital development predictions and invites you to join us for our 2024 predictions event. Read the blog post!

◆ Book: ‘History of Diplomacy and Technology: From Smoke Signals to Artificial Intelligence

Jovan Kurbalija’s History of Diplomacy and Technology offers a thought-provoking exploration of the evolving relationship between these two integral facets of human civilisation. From ancient forms of communication to the era of AI, this book carefully follows the twists and turns of history, revealing how technology has left its mark on the art of diplomacy.

Learn more and purchase!

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◆ Diplo Academy 2023: A year in review

2023 has been another stellar year for Diplo Academy! With over 20 years of experience in digital policy and diplomacy training under its belt, Diplo Academy can boast of yet another successful year. Teodora Marković (Education Programmes Assistant, Diplo) offers insights and statistics. Read the blog post.

◆ How General Motors coerced America’s shift to cars

In the 1920s, General Motors covertly dismantled 100+ trolley systems, shifting the USA from public transport to private cars. But how did such a conspiracy go unnoticed? Aldo Matteucci analyses. Read the blog post.

◆ East vs West: The roots of different thought patterns

Richard E. Nisbett’s book The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently… and Why explores the differences in Western and Eastern thought. Read Aldo Mateucci’s insightful book analysis. Read the blog post.

◆ DW Weekly #140

In Digital Watch Weekly #140:

  • Highlight: OEWG wraps up its sixth substantive session
  • COP28 tackles the climate crisis through Green Digital Action
  • Epic Games wins antitrust case against Google
  • And much more!

Read Digital Watch Weekly #140 here!

After a short break for the holidays, DW Weekly will be back on 8 January 2024.

◆ Numéro 85 de la lettre d’information Digital Watch, décembre 2023

Le numéro mensuel 85 du Digital Watch est sorti ! Dans ce numéro:

  • Les quatre saisons de l’IA
  • Les législateurs de l’UE s’affrontent au sujet de la loi sur l’IA
  • Des enjeux plus importants dans la course à l’AGI ?
  • Équilibrer le discours en ligne : Lutter contre la haine tout en préservant la liberté
  • Lancement du Geneva Manual sur le comportement responsable dans le cyberespace
  • Tout le reste en un clin d’œil

Lire ou télécharger.

Lettre d'information Digital Watch

This publication is the French translation of Digital Watch Monthly Newsletter #85.

Latest videos

◆ Geneva Dialogue Talks #2: Who Sets the Rules for the Security of Digital Products? (Xiang Zheng Teo, Ensign InfoSecurity)

Who sets the rules for the security of digital products and who defines how our data should be protected? Diplo’s Anastasiya Kazakova poses these million-dollar questions to Xiang Zheng Teo, vice president of Advisory and Consulting at Ensign InfoSecurity.

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◆ AI Shorts #4: Oscar for AI & 2023 Recap

Diplo’s Yung-Hsuan Wu provides a summary of 2023 AI highlights. With his humorous approach, he takes us through some major AI milestones: from AI’s biggest players to unconventional awards, such as the 404 Not Found Award, the CTRL+Z Award, and The Terminator’s Apprentice Award.

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◆ 2023 Diplo Days in Geneva

Earlier in December, Diplo Days in Geneva brought experts and practitioners together to discuss AI and digital technologies, diplomacy, African digital diplomacy, and the launch of the Geneva Manual. See what they had to say in the video below.

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Diplo in the media

◆ Radio interview: Geneva International 12/18/23 – Benedikt Wechsler – Geneva Manual

In this interview on Radio Cité Genève, Ambassador Benedikt Wechsler (Head of Digital Division, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)) discusses the Geneva Manual on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace, launched as part of the Geneva Dialogue (established by the Swiss FDFA and led by Diplo, with support from the Republic and State of Geneva, C4DT, Swisscom, and UBS). Listen to the interview (in French).

◆ Article: Ambassador Amr Aljowaily presents the development of African digital diplomacy during the annual UNCTAD eWeek in Geneva

The article reports on Ambassador Amr Aljowaily’s presentation during the event Digital and AI Governance Through African Perspectives, organised by Diplo and the Permanent Missions of Kenya and Namibia in Geneva. The event was held in the context of UNCTAD eWeek 2023. Read the article (in Arabic).

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