8 Oct 2018 to 5 Dec 2018
Geneva, Switzerland


The Geneva Internet Platform is offering a course aimed to assist permanent missions in Geneva to actively follow the increasingly important field of digital policy, co-operation, and diplomacy. This blended learning course, combining online learning with weekly face-to-face meetings, will be delivered by DiploFoundation, in co-operation with the Republic and State of GenevaUniversity of Geneva, and the South Centre, from 8 October to 5 December 2018.


The course will benefit diplomats who follow IG, digital policy, cybersecurity, and related policy fields (e.g. telecommunications, human rights, trade).The course focuses in particular on diplomatic and policy processes in the UN, connecting these to the relevant discussions and negotiations in Geneva.


The course covers the following issue areas of digital policy:

  • Introduction to digital policy and diplomacy
  • Infrastructure and standardisation
  • Cybersecurity
  • Legal issues
  • Economic issues
  • Development and sociocultural issues
  • Human rights
  • Internet governance actors and processes

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand Internet-related terminology, concepts and issues
  • Understand the international aspects of digital policy
  • Identify institutional and negotiation aspects of digital policy
  • Explain the various regional and professional understandings and approaches to digital policy
  • Engage in the policy processes in their countries and regions, as well as in global processes


The course runs from 8 October to 5 December 2018, using a blended learning technique combining dynamic exchange in an online classroom with lunchtime learning sessions at the Geneva Internet Platform.

Each week, participants will interact in an online classroom where they will find all reading materials and tools for online discussion. During the week, participants read the lecture texts, adding comments, references, and questions in the form of hypertext entries. The course faculty and other participants read and respond to these entries, creating interaction based on the lecture text. During the week, participants also complete short quizzes to test their understanding of the course materials.

The weekly discussion will continue during group meetings scheduled for 13.00 to 14.00 each Wednesday at the Geneva Internet Platform. During the informal sandwich lunch, the course faculty will clarify pending issues from the week’s online interaction, and discuss ongoing policy processes with participants. The first face-to-face meeting, an introductory/orientation meeting, is scheduled for Tuesday, 9th October.

This course requires a minimum of five hours of study time per week. The course materials, the e-learning platform, and the working language of the course is English. 

Participants who complete the course successfully will receive a course certificate issued by the Geneva Internet Platform and DiploFoundation.

Learn more and apply

To learn more about the course and to apply, visit the course webpage.

Please apply online using our online application form by 24 September 2018.

Please apply for this course only if you are based in Geneva. Applications from other locations cannot be considered for this session.

Please do not forget to fill out the short motivation statement on the application form (100 - 150 words) explaining the reasons for your interest in this course. What are your personal and professional objectives for the future, and how will this course help you to reach them?

Late applications will be considered only if places remain in the course.

In case of questions, please contact geneva@diplomacy.edu

Further information

Related actors:

The Geneva Internet Platform is an initiative of the Swiss authorities


Members of the Steering Committee are FDFA, OFCOM, Canton of Geneva, ETH-Zürich, and the University of Geneva

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