This course, taking place from 8 October to 5 December, aims to assist permanent missions in Geneva to actively follow the increasingly relevant field of digital politics, cooperation, and diplomacy. The course is offered by the Geneva Internet Platform and delivered by DiploFoundation, in cooperation with the Republic and State of Geneva, University of Geneva, and the South Centre.

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The course will benefit diplomats who follow internet-related policy fields (e.g. telecommunication, human rights, cybersecurity, trade, development). While improving their knowledge of digital politics, participants will also gain the practical skills and knowledge required to follow current Internet governance processes such as the global Internet governance architecture, privacy and data protection, and cybersecurity. The course focuses in particular on diplomatic and policy processes in International Geneva.


The 9-week Introduction to Digital Policy and Diplomacy online course introduces digital policy and covers main issues, including infrastructure and standardisation, cybersecurity, legal issues, economic issues, development and sociocultural issues, human rights, and Internet governance processes and actors.

The course covers emerging technologies; broadband and infrastructure policy; network neutrality; jurisdiction, intellectual property rights, privacy protection; data governance; cybersecurity; digital rights; and more, with space for regional and other issues raised by the participants.

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.
Introduction to Internet governance Geneva course

Topics covered:

  • 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


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, 9 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.

Course fee

This course is offered free of charge to selected participants through the support of the Swiss government.

Eligibility criteria and how to apply

Applicants should be diplomats who follow Internet-related policy fields (e.g. telecommunications, human rights, cybersecurity, trade, development).

Please apply online using our online application form by 30 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.

Issues: Security, Economic, Infrastructure and standardisation, Legal, Human rights, Sociocultural

The Geneva Internet Platform is an initiative of the Swiss authorities


Members of the Steering Committee are FDFA, OFCOM and the Canton of Geneva

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