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DiploNews – Issue 489 – 15 April 2024

Diplo Academy upcoming courses and programmes

🐣🚨 Limited early bird discount! 🎓 2025 MA/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy (with internet governance specialisation)!

Diplo is now accepting applications for the 2025 online Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy and the MA/PGD with a specialisation in internet governance, run in cooperation with the University of Malta Department of International Relations. The programme starts on 27 January 2025.

Apply by 1 June 2024 and benefit from our €400 early bird discount!

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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.

Scholarships covering 20%–50% of the Postgraduate Diploma fee are available for applicants from small and developing states.

For further information and to apply, please visit the MA/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy web page.

🌟 NEW online course: Building the Future We Need!

Master ‘futures literacy’, the UNESCO-defined skill crucial for understanding how future possibilities influence current actions, with our new online course Building the Future We Need.

The course is specifically designed to equip you with the insights and strategies necessary to navigate the unpredictable future that will be driven by AI. Scholarships and alumni discounts available!

NEW online course: Building the Future We Need.

🌼 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: 25 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.

Upcoming events

◆ Cybersecurity risks in social media: Remedies and solutions (17 April, online)

Join us as we discuss ways to address the evolving challenges posed by cyberthreats on social media in Africa. By fostering collaboration and sharing expertise, we can work towards creating a safer and more secure online environment for everyone.

Join us online on Wednesday, 17 April, at 10:00 UTC (12:00 CEST | 13:00 EAT)Register now!

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◆ 30 Years of Internet in China: Between Past Growth and Future Challenges (19 April, online)

On 20 April 1994, China connected to the internet. On the occasion of this 30th anniversary, Diplo, in partnership with the Fuxi Institution, will host a discussion focusing on the past growth and future challenges of Chinese digitalisation.

Join us online on Friday, 19 April, 12:00–13:00 UTC | 14:00–15:00 CEST | 20:00–21:00 Beijing. Read more and register to attend!

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◆ Unpacking the EU AI Act – Brussels Effect: EU and AI Governance Worldwide (29 April, Geneva)

Looking for valuable insights and information about the EU AI Act? Join us as we elaborate on and comment on the overall architecture and, in particular, the provisions of the EU Act that are relevant for countries and actors beyond the EU.

This event is organised by Diplo and the Geneva Internet Platform in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union in Geneva. Join us in Geneva on Monday, 29 April, 13:15–14:30. Read more and register!

Blogs and publications

◆ Reaffirming the foundations of diplomacy: The brighter side of the Mexican embassy incident

The breach of diplomatic premises at the Mexican Embassy in Quito challenges the long-standing traditions of diplomatic immunity and asylum in Latin America. The unified response is seen as a positive step towards upholding respect for international law and diplomacy, and it highlights the importance of preserving diplomatic norms and the tradition of protecting messengers in the face of evolving challenges to diplomatic relations. Read the blog post!

◆ Tribute to Frans de Waal: Can primates teach us how to stop the wars in Gaza and Ukraine?

Frans de Waal scientifically demonstrated that primates exhibit sophisticated social behaviours, such as conflict resolution. These species live in complex societies with hierarchies and social bonds, necessitating conflict resolution and cooperation to maintain group cohesiveness.

In memory of Frans de Waal, Dr Jovan Kurbalija explores the question: ‘Could the animal kingdom, specifically primates, teach us a better way to end wars?’ Read the blog post!

◆ (Jail) time ahead for the cryptocurrency industry

The cryptocurrency and digital asset industry has once again been the focus of worldwide media, this time related to court cases that were initiated or concluded in recent months.

Arvin Kamberi explains how these developments can be seen as regulators’ worldwide desire to establish legal practices around this new class of digital assets and send a message to the ever-growing base of consumers of such products that they will be protected while entering this new arena. Read the DW Analysis!

◆ Digital Watch newsletter – Issue 88 – April 2024

In the April issue of the Digital Watch Monthly, we look at the latest discussions at the UN OEWG on ICT security where states remain divided on norms, international law and the future mechanism for discussions; the Global Digital Compact’s Zero Draft; the renewal of the WTO e-commerce Moratorium; and Yes, Minister as the novel Turing test. Read the DW Monthly newsletter!

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◆ Digital Watch Weekly newsletter

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

  • DW Weekly #155 – 12 April 2024: Kenya launched a project to develop National AI Strategy; Brazil’s Supreme Court investigating Elon Musk; US lawmakers considering extending the TikTok divestiture deadline; South Korea and Samsung investing in chips – Google unveils new AI chip to reduce reliance on major chipmakers; Bipartisan legislation aiming to establish national data privacy rights introduced in the USA

◆ ConfTech Digest #34, March/April

Read the latest from the world of online meetings from Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and Zoom. Learn about clearer summaries for meetings, AI-based noise suppression, a frosted glass background effect, multilingual transcription, and more! Read ConfTech Digest #34!

◆ How do problem-solving and rules impact decision-making?

How do rules and problem-solving impact our choices? In this blog post, Aldo Matteucci explores how our decisions are influenced by intuition, creative thinking, and the unwritten laws of social conduct. Read the blog post!

◆ How does identity impact segregation?

How does identity impact segregation, and how do fractals come into play? Join the discussion to uncover the complex interplay shaping our cities. Read the blog post!

Latest videos

◆ Byte-sized Insights #17: The ‘Right to Be Imperfect’ – Part 2

Computers are capable of making more optimal and informed choices than very often we can. Should humans surrender their choices to machines? Do we preserve the right to be humanly imperfect?

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◆ DWshorts #23: The Fate of TikTok

TikTok’s fate became a focal point in Washington. In other news, China announced the establishment of an initiative to enhance collaboration with African countries in AI governance.

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Don’t miss…

◆ Podcast: ‘Diplomacy and Technology: From Smoke Signals to Artificial Intelligence’ with Dr Jovan Kurbalija

In this episode of The Next Page podcast by the United Nations Library & Archives Geneva, Dr Jovan Kurbalija takes us on a journey from the past to the present and across civilizations to explore the interplay of technology and diplomacy. Listen to the podcast at PodBean | Apple Podcasts | Spotify

◆ Book launch: International Trade Law and Global Data Governance (23 April)

Diplo’s Marilia Maciel (Head, Digital Commerce and Internet Policy) will participate in the panel discussion organised as part of this book launch organised by the Geneva Graduate Institute’s Global Governance Centre, the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, and the International Law Department. Read more!

◆ Tech Diplomacy: Regulation and Digital Issues on the International Agenda (24 April)

Dr Jovan Kurbalija (Executive Director, Diplo; Head, Geneva Internet Platform) will be the keynote speaker at the event organised by Internet Masr (Internet Society, Egypt Chapter) and The Diplomat Magazine – Egypt (AlDiplomassy Magazine). Read more and register!

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