May 2016 online courses
Starting on 2 May 2016, we offer courses on diplomacy topics, both classic and contemporary:
Partial bursaries are available for qualified applicants from developing countries. Apply by 28 March 2016 for Diplo certificate courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses webpage. Register now to reserve your place.
Asia-Europe public diplomacy
The 4th phase of the Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative was launched this week with a call for nominations for the fourth online course. Please note that this call is open only to ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) country nationals, and that priority will be given to candidates nominated by MFAs. If you live in one of the ASEM countries and are interested in the subject, you can read more about it and check how to apply here by 25 March 2016. This course is free of charge for nominated/selected applicants.
The Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative was set up in 2013 by DiploFoundation, the Asia-Europe Foundation, and the National Centre for Research on Europe – University of Canterbury, to help to promote and facilitate skills training for diplomats and civil society actors. The aim of the initiative is to improve public diplomacy efforts between the countries of the ASEM process.
Good offices and Switzerland’s role in international relations was the subject of a lecture delivered by Swiss Minister Didier Burkhalter during his visit to Malta on 9 March 2016. The lecture, held at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, was livestreamed for DiploFoundation’s alumni, and participants who are currently attending online courses worldwide. Read more.
Issue 8 of the Geneva Digital Watch newsletter, published on 29 February, features the main developments in digital policy, reports on the Apple/FBI controversy, articles on zero-rating services and children's digital rights, updates from Geneva-based events, and more. Issue 8 is also available in Portuguese, which includes developments from Latin America. Download your issues.
Over the past few days, the Geneva Internet Platform team reported from a number of sessions during the ICANN55 meeting in Marrakech, and the 31st Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. The reports from the ICANN55 meeting focus on the accountability process, while the HRC team followed closely the discussion on online child sexual exploitation, and the first report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. Click on the links to read the reports.
The US court’s ruling requesting Apple to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone has triggered a global controversy over encryption and the creation of backdoors. Apple has reacted strongly, and other tech companies have pledged their support, as the case unfolds in court. What are the latest developments, and how does this debate fit into the broader technology and policy picture? What is at stake in this debate? Our jargon-free webinar, on Thursday, 17th March, will give you a chance to ask questions and get clarifications. Learn more and register.
Our next end-of-the-month appointment to discuss Internet governance developments is Tuesday, 29th March. The monthly IG briefings provide a zoomed-out update of the major global IG and digital policies updates. Join us to discuss main developments in March: how will they influence the developments in upcoming months, and what can we expect? Learn more and register. In case you missed the February briefing, the recording, digest, slides, and additional resources are now available.
The Geneva Engage conference, held 27-28 January, tackled some of the most important questions for online (remote) participation: How can we widen global participation? How can we deepen this participation? And how can we successfully implement remote participation? In true e-participation spirit, the conference was recorded and the videos are now available. In Geneva Engage in Videos, Arvin Kamberi gives an overview of the discussions, linking each segment to the relevant recording.