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DiploNews – Issue 490 – 1 May 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 summer online courses

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

👉🏼 Application deadlines for certificates issued by Diplo: 17 June 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

◆ 30 Years of Internet in China: Between Past Growth and Future Challenges

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of China connecting to the internet, Diplo, in partnership with the Fuxi Institution, hosted a discussion focusing on past growth and future challenges of Chinese digitalisation. Watch the recording below!

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◆ Cybersecurity Risks in Social Media: Remedies and Solutions

Social media platforms have become integral parts of daily life. Alongside the benefits, these platforms also pose significant cybersecurity risks, ranging from privacy breaches and data theft to identity fraud and cyberbullying.

In the webinar Cybersecurity Risks in Social Media: Remedies and Solutions, we discussed the evolving challenges posed by cyberthreats in social media, with a particular focus on Africa. Watch the recording below!

Blogs and publications

◆ Digital Dominance in the 2024 Elections

For several years, digital technologies have been integral to all stages of the electoral process. What distinguishes the current landscape is their unprecedented scale and impact.

In this DW analysis, we look at the emergence of easily produced deepfakes, the call for Big Tech to implement more robust safeguards, Big Tech’s response, the role of the EU, and what we can expect in the future. Read the DW analysis!

◆ UN AI Resolution a Significant Global Effort to Harness AI for Sustainable Development

The UN adopted its first, ground-breaking, resolution on AI on 21 March, calling on member states to ensure that ‘safe, secure, and trustworthy AI systems’ are developed responsibly and are respectful of human rights and international law.

This DW analysis breaks down the resolution’s broad impact across five key dimensions. Read the DW analysis!

◆ Diplomacy: The Art of the Impossible

Nikola Tesla is supposed to have said: ‘Out of a hundred good solutions, only one is implementable.’

In this blog post Amb. Milan Jazbec writes that diplomacy is more than just foreign policy implementation; it’s about addressing conflicts and finding solutions within historical contexts. Read the blog post!

◆ The Winding Road to Understanding Soft Power

In this blog post, Aldo Matteucci examines how shared beliefs and experiences shape society, alongside the continuous evolution of our social structures. Read the blog post!

◆ Digital Watch Weekly newsletter

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

  • DW Weekly #157 – 26 April 2024: US President Biden signed and enacted a law mandating TikTok sale or ban in the USA. Nigeria launched its first multilingual large language model for inclusive AI development. FCC voted to restore net neutrality rules. X is defying Australia’s content removal demands, while the Supreme Court of Brazil demands answers from X over alleged non-compliance.

Latest videos

◆ Byte-Sized Insights #18: Digital Social Contract

In this latest instalment of Byte-Sized Insights, Dr Jovan Kurbalija explains the concept of the new social contract and encourages everyone to participate both locally and globally. Watch it below!

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Don’t miss…

◆ Trade Meets AI: Navigating in a ‘Digital New World’

Marília Maciel (Head, Digital Commerce and Internet Policy, Diplo) participated in the discussion Trade Meets AI: Navigating in a ‘Digital New World’, organised by the Trade Policy Exchange. Watch the recording below!

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