On 21 September, DiploFoundation launched the humAInism Speech Generator as part of its humAInism project. By combining artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and the expertise of Diplo’s cybersecurity team, this tool is meant to help diplomats and ...
 22 Sep 2020

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Unveiling a series of new events and tools for policy practitioners There’s more than one reason why September feels fresh. The equinox marks a change in the seasons. Schools, offices, and parliaments resume their work, and the diplomatic calendar...
 8 Sep 2020

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A blog post from the perspective of a small state In only one month, drastic changes happened in the daily lives of the people of Trinidad and Tobago. As the global spreading of COVID-19 became more apparent, small Caribbean states like Trinidad ...
 24 Apr 2020

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If ever there was a time for governments to get their communications right, it is now. Governments everywhere are under scrutiny for what they say, how accurately they report facts, and what actions they are proposing. COVID-19 is spreading faster th...
 7 Apr 2020

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The coronavirus has been credited with catalysing a shift from a self-centred ‘I’ society to another-centred ‘we’ society. The focus on individual well-being and material wealth that has shaped many people’s identity and aspirations for the last half...
 26 Mar 2020

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When Greta Thunberg travelled by boat and train to attend the recent UN Climate Change Summit in 2019, she sent a wake-up call to diplomats and policymakers to search for innovative digital diplomacy tools, such as online conferencing, to reduce flyi...
 8 Jan 2020

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No single global entity regulates the Internet. Digital policies are in constant flux as the spread of technology and culture have repercussions around the world. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has caused the rest of the world to re...
 12 Nov 2019

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In May we ran our new online course, ‘Artificial Intelligence: Technology, Governance, and Policy Frameworks’ for the first time. It was a fantastic experience to develop and deliver a course around such a timely topic. In this blog post, we want to ...
 5 Sep 2019

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A total of 104 participants successfully finished five Diplo courses which ran between February and May this year. These five courses had a widespread reach. In fact, participants hailed from 58 countries all around the world. This marks an overal...
 18 Jun 2019

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On Monday, June 17th, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a final draft of the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), and in it ‘gaming disorder’ is listed as a ‘disorder due to addictive behaviours’. The dra...
 14 Aug 2018

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Two years ago, Diplo introduced a new capacity development programme, the Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance. The programme was built around a selection of online courses focussing on Internet governance (IG) issues: Introduction to Internet Gov...
 26 Jan 2018

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If you are reading this blog, you probably have at least a few things in common with me. Obviously, you can read and write. In English. You have access to an Internet connection, probably from your own smartphone or computer. You probably have electr...
 13 Dec 2017

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In November, Diplo celebrated 15 years of DiploFoundation and 25 years of research and training on Internet and diplomacy. To mark this milestone, we reflected on the role of diplomacy in the modern era, and the impact of technology and other area...
 5 Dec 2017

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Diplo’s recent conference on the Future of Diplomacy included a session on the hype and reality of online learning. Panellists and participants discussed whether diplomacy can be taught online, and how. They looked at just-in-time and blended learnin...
 1 Dec 2017

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In 2006, as I was selected by my country to fulfil the role of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Indonesia, and I found myself searching for options to further my education in the diplomatic field, without having to susp...
 14 Nov 2017

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If they existed, could AI robots have helped resolve the USA-North Korean crisis? How long will it take for AI to be used in negotiations, or to alter diplomatic practice as we know it today? Negotiations are one of the most human-intensive ...
 15 Sep 2017

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Diplo is pleased to announce a new partnership on diplomatic training with the National Foreign Service Institute (ISEN) of Argentina. This summer, the two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding with the aim to promote and develop mutual c...
 12 Sep 2017

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Download the Press Release in PDF format Geneva, Switzerland, 27 April, 2017: The Just-In-time Course on Digital Commerce was launched yesterday during UNCTAD’s E-commerce Week 2017. The five-week blended course, which will run until the...
 27 Apr 2017

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Eight students recently graduated Master in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta and DiploFoundation. Two of the students undertook a specialisation in Internet governance. The graduates and their research topics were: Alexander...
 16 Dec 2016

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Diplo keeps up with latest developments in online learning and e-diplomacy, but fortunately, we don’t throw out traditional tools if they are still the best option, even if they are lacking the shiny new bells and whistles of the latest trend. Our on...
 24 Nov 2016

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New information and communication technology (ICT) not only changes the practice of diplomacy, it also can, and should, influence how we teach diplomacy, and in particular public diplomacy. In June, I attended the annual conference of the British Int...
 2 Aug 2016

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DiploFoundation is proud to announce a new initiative aimed at supporting the work of its alumni, in recognition of their achievements. The new Alumni Hub, at www.diplomacy.edu/alumni, will feature articles, events, webinars, alumni dissertations,...
 11 Jul 2016

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1,500 steps, 1.2 kilometers, and 142 calories burned were displayed on my pedometer after completing a 2-hour-long ‘walking course’ on Internet governance. It was a slow walk through the beautiful setting of Geneva’s Jardin Botaniques (Botanical Gard...
 5 Jul 2016

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In this post, I want to take a step back and look at the motivation behind online learning – not from an individual perspective but from the perspective of institutions and society as a whole. The question is: what do we hope to achieve for our organ...
 10 Jun 2016

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Online learning is now part of education at almost all levels and not a month goes by without the announcement of a new cooperation initiative in online learning or a new platform being developed. Although the hype generated by the first Massive Open...
 31 May 2016

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been around in various forms since 2008.However,The New York Times dubbed 2012 as ‘The Year of the MOOC’ due to the vast expansion in the number of courses offered by main providers (Coursera, EdX,...
 24 Apr 2013

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Diplo specialises in online learning. As a result, people tend to send our director links for current articles on online learning. He tends to share these with me (Diplo’s educational programmes director) and suggest that I blog about them. Recently,...
 3 Aug 2012

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E-learning is not just "like learning"... it is learning... and so its tools must be appropriate to the knowledge process and knowledge objective. Web 2.0 Twitter, mobile classes and learnlets are wonderful for incidental, short scope learning projec...
 29 Mar 2010

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E-diplomacy requires new skills, and in some cases, a new approach to diplomacy. Diplomats are already re-thinking the way they work, taking a new look at traditional activities such as negotiation and representation. New activities, such as addressi...
 2 Mar 2010

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