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DiploNews – Issue 485 – 15 February 2024

Diplo Academy upcoming courses and programmes

🌼 Applications open! Diplo’s 2024 spring online courses

Register now to reserve your place in our specialised spring courses!

👉🏼 Application deadlines for certificates issued by Diplo: 2 April 2024

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

◆ Need financial assistance? Scholarships are available!

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

Main takeaways from our recent events

◆ 9th Geneva Engage Awards

The awards have been handed out, and we have celebrated together with the winners. However, Geneva Engage is more than just a competition; it’s an initiative to foster communities and networks among International Geneva experts and specialists. Visit the 9th Geneva Engage Awards page to see the winners, methodology, and history, and watch the awards ceremony below.

Blogs and publications

◆ Germany’s new digital foreign policy strategy: Between continuity and change

Digital is now a strategic priority for Germany. In his latest blog post, Dr Jovan Kurbalija dissects the new ideas presented in Germany’s Strategy for International Digital Foreign Policy, released on 7 February 2024. Read the blog post!

◆ AI optimism in geopolitically pessimistic Davos

In the serene backdrop of the Swiss Alps, the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos stood as a barometer for the year’s technological zeitgeist. After an exceptionally tech-shy summit in 2023, this year, artificial intelligence restored tech optimism in Davos. Read the analysis!

◆ Digital Watch newsletter – Issue 86 – February 2024

In this issue, we give our predictions on what will happen in digital policy in 2024, examine AI rhetoric at the WEF 2024 Annual Summit, analyse AI’s impact on trade secrets and trademarks, examine the ingredients of a cryptostom, and recap OEWG discussions. Read the Digital Watch monthly!

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◆ Digital Watch Weekly

The Digital Watch weekly newsletter brings you the latest in digital policy from around the world!

  • Issue #145: Neuralink brain chip implant; Germany–Namibia Pact for the Future; Taylor Swift deepfakes; Big Tech CEOs testimony on child protection
  • Issue #146: EU ambassadors approve AI Act; China-Russia AI alliance; Germany’s strategy for international digital policy; Pall Mall process against spyware; China tests 6G; Agreement on EU Gigabit Infrastructure Act

◆ ConfTech digest #32, January-February

Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom continued releasing new features and improving user experiences. In this ConfTech Digest, learn about the latest updates, including new user interfaces, simulated studio-quality lighting, Audio in Studio, and Memorandum of Agreement. Read the latest ConfTech Digest!

◆ The diplomatic consequences of Mrs Sacoolas

Following a tragic 2019 incident in which Anne Sacoolas, a US diplomat’s wife, fatally struck a British motorcyclist, the UK and USA have updated diplomatic immunity laws. G. R. Berridge analyses. Read the blog post!

◆ From alpha bullies to Bernard machines: The evolution of prosocial behaviour

Aldo Matteucci examines how the evolution of human prosocial behaviour shifts from alpha dominance to a more egalitarian society. Read the blog post!

Latest videos

◆ Big tech: Geopolitics & geoeconomics (Byte-sized Insights #10)

Did you know tech giants like Apple wield economic influence surpassing entire continents? What kind of impact will this have on digital governance and policy processes?

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Don’t miss…

◆ Antalya Diplomacy Forum 2024

The 3rd Antalya Diplomacy Forum will be held in Antalya 1–3 March 2024, under the title Advancing Diplomacy in Times of Turmoil.

Diplo will participate in the ADF session: The Role of Science and Tech Diplomacy in a Globalized World, which will be held on 2 March 2024, at 10:00 UTC. The session will be livestreamed.

For more information, keep an eye on the Antalya Diplomatic Forum website!

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