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DiploNews – Issue 486 – 1 March 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.

Blogs and publications

◆ Rules for the security of digital products: Who should write them?

When we talk about rules for the security of digital products, should we discuss new laws and regulations, industry practices, or standards? And if all of them, how can we ensure interoperability and consistency across various markets and jurisdictions?

In the latest Geneva Dialogue blog post, Diplo’s Anastasiya Kazakova discusses the topic with Xiang Zheng Teo from Ensign InfoSecurity. Read the blog post.

◆ Digital Watch Weekly

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

  • Issue #147: The UN Cybercrime Treaty faces a consensus hurdle; Microsoft and OpenAI highlight AI tools’ misuse by threat actors; NYC sues social media companies over youth mental health; the EU finds influencers skirt rules by not disclosing advertising content; the UAE launches a tech fund for developing nations
  • Issue #148: The DoJ appoints its first chief AI officer; Japan joined global AI regulatory efforts; OpenAI introduced Sora for text-to-video conversion; Neuralink’s human implant shows promise; the EU strengthened online safety with the Digital Services Act (DSA) and investigated TikTok; tech giants united against misleading AI content during elections; the EU Commission proposed a €500 million fine for Apple; international collaboration disrupted LockBit ransomware; the European Commission announced new digital infrastructure initiatives

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◆ 13th WTO Ministerial Conference: What is at stake for digital trade?

Prior to the start of the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference, Diplo’s Marília Maciel discussed the impact of this conference on digital trade, examining the Work Programme on e-commerce, the odds for the Moratorium on customs duties on electronic transmissions, and the status of the Joint Initiative on e-commerce. Read the blog post.

◆ Generation Y sets its rules of good behaviour

At university, Generation Y follows strict conduct guidelines, but might these rules hinder genuine interactions and direct personal communication? Aldo Matteucci analyses. Read the blog post.

◆ The Yamashita trial: What do we know about command accountability?

The 1945 trial of General Tomoyuki Yamashita marked a seminal case in command responsibility. Was this trial a pursuit of justice, or an act of the victor’s vengeance, and what insights does it offer about wartime ethics? Aldo Matteucci explores. Read the blog post.

Latest videos

◆ Byte-sized Insights #11: AI & global policy debates

AI is transforming every facet of human endeavour, ranging from education to diplomacy. Given its significant influence, the demand for AI regulation is becoming increasingly urgent. Finding a balance between its vast potential and inherent risks is essential for shaping a sustainable future.

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◆ Byte-sized Insights #12: Call for digital policy solutions

From artificial intelligence to blockchain technology, the demand for comprehensive policies to tackle technological challenges has never been more pressing. Who will rise to meet this critical task?

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◆ DWshorts #21: Video magic & brain chips: OpenAI and Neuralink raise ethical storms

What ethical dilemmas arise from OpenAI’s Sora? Can AI-generated content be trusted and responsibly used? In other news, Neuralink’s successful implantation of a brain chip in a human patient opens new medical possibilities.

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Don’t miss…

◆ Antalya Diplomacy Forum 2024

The 3rd Antalya Diplomacy Forum will be held on 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, visit the Antalya Diplomatic Forum website!

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