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DiploNews – Issue 491 – 15 May 2024

Diplo Academy upcoming courses and programmes

🐣🚨 Ending soon: 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!

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☀️ 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.

Blogs and publications

◆ Reducing Terminological Confusion: Is It Digital or Internet Governance?

The blog discusses the importance of distinguishing between ‘digital’ and ‘internet’ governance. While the terms are often used interchangeably, it highlights the specificities of each term and the implications of their usage in discussions around governance. The text advocates for a clear understanding of the nuances between digital and internet governance to enhance communication and decision-making in this realm. Read the blog post!

◆ São Paulo Multistakeholder Guidelines: A Breath of Fresh Air Into Digital Governance Debates

In this blog post, Jovan Kurbalija offers an analysis of the NETMundial+10 meeting held at the end of April 2024. He notes that NETMundial+10 provides timely reality checks and concrete proposals ahead of accelerating digital negotiations around the Global Digital Compact and WSIS+20. This will help reduce confusion and increase clarity in digital governance, which will be critical in striking the right trade-off for the future of AI and digital developments. Read the blog post!

◆ Chatting With Perplexity, AI Assistant: A Non-traditional but Genuine Interview

Who better to speak about AI than AI itself? Ambassador Petru Dumitriu sits down to chat with the Perplexity AI assistant. Their conversation spans Perplexity’s mission and resources, the definition of AI’s wisdom, academic integrity and AI-generated essays, regulating AI, an AI-generated sonnet about love, and two limericks! Read the blog post!

◆ Video Games for Diplomats?

Could video games improve how diplomats learn? How do they enhance skills in decision-making, problem-solving, and strategic thinking? Aldo Matteucci analyses these questions. Read the blog post!

◆ Digital Watch Monthly #89 (May 2024)

In this issue, we analyse how China and the USA are boxing it out over tech, look at strategies for balancing AI advancements and IP protection, reflect upon the dominance of digital technologies and AI in 2024 elections worldwide, and examine the significance of the NetMundial+10 Multistakeholder Statement as a blueprint for inclusive digital governance. Read the Digital Watch Monthly newsletter!

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◆ Tech Titans Clash: Inside the USA–China Battle for Chip Market Dominance

The ongoing ‘tech war’ between the USA and China is reshaping global relationships and supply chains. In this analysis, we dive deeper into the high-stakes competition for dominance in chip manufacturing, and uncover the strategies and implications driving this geopolitical showdown. Read the DW Analysis!

◆ DW Weekly #159 (10 May 2024)

In this issue of the DW Weekly: China and France issued a joint statement on AI governance; TikTok is suing the US government over a recent law mandating that ByteDance divest TikTok; US lawmakers introduced a bill that would make implementing AI model export rules easier. Read DW Weekly #159!

Latest videos

◆ Byte-Sized Insights #20: Mandate of Heaven

Exploring the wisdom of ancient Chinese thinkers for modern digital age challenges! From Shang Yang to Confucius to Daoism, Chinese philosophy sheds light on today’s discussions about the digital social contract.

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Do you like this video? Make sure to watch Byte-Sized Insights #21: The Revolutionising ‘0’, where Jovan Kurbalija discusses the origins of the number zero and its journey to becoming the cornerstone of modern mathematics and technology.

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