Geneva, Switzerland, 12 December 2018: The Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) is pleased to announce the successful completion by participants of its Introduction to Digital Policy and Diplomacy (just-in-time Geneva-based course). The graduation took place on 12 December 2018 in Geneva (view the photo gallery). The course was delivered by DiploFoundation, in co-operation with the Republic and State of Geneva, the University of Geneva, and the South Centre.
The participants, who included diplomats and policy practitioners, interacted online between 8 October and 11 December 2018 in an innovative learning environment, and subsequently applied this knowledge to current events in the digital policy world in face-to-face meetings. During the course, a total number of 540 contributions were made on the online platform.
This blended learning course (with in situ discussions and online elements) brings an added value to the activities of the GIP, which was launched in 2014. Fifteen participants from 14 countries, representing Geneva-based permanent missions, alongside representatives from civil society, reviewed basic digital policy modules, discussed them in an online learning environment, and then applied this knowledge to current events in the IG world during weekly briefings and ongoing digital policy meetings.
The course benefited diplomats who follow IG and other Internet-related policy fields (such as telecommunications, human rights, cybersecurity, trade). While improving their knowledge on digital policy, participants gained practical skills and knowledge to effectively participate in current IG processes.
IG is one of the most dynamic and important policy areas in today’s diplomacy. Touching every area of global affairs, and personal and professional lives, mastery of Internet basics is indispensable to Geneva missions, as a world hub of digital policy shaping.
The Geneva Internet Platform is an initiative of the Swiss authorities operated by DiploFoundation.