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Who we are


DiploFoundation is the leading global capacity development organisation in the field of Internet governance. Established over 20 years ago, Diplo works to improve:

  • the role of small and developing states;
  • global Internet governance;
  • international policy development;
  • international accountability; and
  • the legitimacy of international policy-making.

DiploFoundation does this by:

  • training officials through specialised, cost-effective, and high-quality diplomacy courses and programmes;
  • strengthening participation of non-state actors in international relations and policy;
  • providing capacity development programmes (in areas such as Internet governance and multilateral relations); and
  • promoting and developing digital tools for e-participation in global governance.

Geneva Internet Platform (GIP)

The Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) is an initiative of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) of Switzerland. It was established in 2014 and is operated by DiploFoundation.

The GIP provides a neutral and inclusive space for digital policy debates, and aims to undertake digital policy monitoring and analysis and provide capacity development.

GIP's activities are implemented through organising Geneva-based events, and the GIP Digital Watch observatory, which provides the latest updates, trends, instruments, resources, events, and actors, on 40+ Internet governance and digital policy issues and processes.

What we do

Online training and courses

Since 1994, DiploFoundation has successfully trained over 6400 alumni from over 200 countries and territories, including individuals working in governments, the private and civil sector, media, and academia. From our founding, we have held more than 450 courses and training programmes in diplomacy, Internet governance, communications, and policy-making. For more details on our online courses and training, visit our Course catalogue. You can contact us at [email protected] for all further information.

Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy with an Internet Governance specialisation

Earn an accredited Master’s degree without taking time off work!

The online Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy programme builds knowledge and practical skills in diplomacy and contemporary topics. An Internet governance specialisation is available within this programme.

The programme lecturers are high-ranking practising and retired diplomats and experts, as well as renowned academics in the fields of Internet governance, diplomacy, and international relations.

Why you should apply

  • Accredited: The programme has European postgraduate accreditation through the Department of International Relations at the University of Malta, and is recognised worldwide.
  • Flexible: You choose your courses and degree, and you decide when and where to study.
  • Affordable: With online learning you can continue to work.
  • Relevant: Courses cover traditional and contemporary topics in diplomacy, and current IG events and trends.
  • Practical: Faculty members are practising and retired diplomats with theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in the field.
  • Personalised: Extend your professional network through your classmates, lecturers, and over 6400 alumni members.
  • Effective: Small groups emphasise learning together, drawing on the experience and knowledge of both participants and lecturers.

Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance

An interactive online capacity development programme

Topics like privacy protection, human rights online, and cybersecurity are increasingly in the focus of global policymaking. Yet the growing relevance of the Internet is not yet supported by effective and inclusive Internet governance.

The Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance gives current and future Internet policymakers a solid foundation in practical and diplomatic skills, and the knowledge and techniques necessary to engage effectively in international policy processes.

Participants must successfully complete three of the following five courses within a three-year period:

  1. Introduction to Internet Governance
  2. E-Diplomacy
  3. Internet Technology and Policy: Challenges and Solutions
  4. Cybersecurity
  5. Artificial Intelligence: Technology, Governance, and Policy Frameworks

Our faculty members are high-ranking practising and retired experts, as well as renowned academics in the fields of Internet governance, diplomacy, and international relations.

GIP's Digital Watch observatory

The GIP's Digital Watch observatory is a comprehensive one-stop shop for the latest digital policy developments, overviews, events, actors, instruments, and other resources.

Digital Watch provides:

  • a comprehensive live summary of the latest developments in digital policy;
  • an overview of digital issues, actors and ongoing processes;
  • a calendar of upcoming and past events, and public consultations
  • just-in-time reporting from digital policy events;
  • the latest research and data on Internet policy;
  • quantitative research (e.g. data-mining of open data, topic profiling); and
  • digital policy research and analysis by 30+ digital policy experts from around the world.

App for IGF: DW Just-in-Time Reporting

The Digital Watch observatory has been reporting from digital policy discussions since 2015, with the aim of helping stakeholders follow debates, understand current and emerging issues, and explore topics in more depth.

DW's team of 50 expert curators and rapporteurs, data analysts, editors, and multimedia specialists provide just-in-time reports from major events (such as the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)), as well as regional and national events.

In case you missed a session at this year’s IGF, we have you covered! You can find all the reports from sessions on our free DW Just-in-Time Reporting app. Download it from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

New projects and tools

Encouraging curiosity and seeking constant innovation within our community, Diplo focuses on new developments in the field of AI, data science, and online meetings.

ConfTech: From on-site to online

ConfTech captures Diplo’s 20+ years of experience in e-learning, e-diplomacy, and e-participation to help countries and organisations transition from onsite to online and hybrid events.

It achieves its mission through five areas of work:

  1. Help Desk for online events: The ConfTech Help Desk provides immediate advice to help countries and organisations identify solutions to their needs, and make quick decisions on how to organise their online and hybrid meetings.
  2. Hands-on support: Meeting organisers who are pressed for time can outsource their meeting or event to ConfTech. ConfTech’s hands-on service includes conceptual planning, programme shaping, platform set-up, communications support, on-the-day tech assistance, video-based and chat-based moderation, and event reporting.
  3. Training: The Online Meetings and Conferences intensive practice-based four-week online course teaches participants how to plan and run successful online events, from choosing the right platforms and apps, to moderating effectively.
  4. Labs: The first ConfTech lab, in Geneva, will be equipped with the latest technology to develop innovative ways of hosting and moderating online and hybrid events.
  5. Research and library: The Future of Meetings library offers how-to guides, articles, and videos on the many aspects of online meetings, to help others plan and implement their ideas.

Online course: Online Meetings and Conferences: How to Run Effective and Secure Events

Online meetings and conferences are now a necessity for most organisations.

In this highly interactive, practice-based course, participants learn how to plan, manage, and run successful online events, including: choosing and using an appropriate technical platform, planning the entire process from the initial idea to the follow-up, and effectively moderating interaction in an online environment.

The humAInism project

As we witness calls for regulation and oversight of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, we need to ask ourselves whether AI can draft a social contract for the new era. The humAInism project offers answers to these questions.

The objective of the humAInism project is to:

  • experiment with and develop AI systems that will draft a guide or social contract on how to navigate the uncharted waters of the emerging AI era
  • showcase AI tools that are able to assist diplomats in multilateral negotiations, and draft reports and statements on a broad range of issues

The humAInism project invites tech companies and research institutions to develop AI systems that are able to analyse human knowledge and thinking, in order to produce a ‘new kind of social contract’ or guide which will help humanity navigate the uncharted waters of the emerging AI era.

The humAInism Speech Generator

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 practitioners write speeches on the topic of cybersecurity.

The main goal of the generator is to explore new AI technologies and examine their application in the field of diplomacy. For this purpose, we used several state-of-the-art algorithms for the generator, with three main purposes.

  1. Semantic similarity search: Finding sentences with similar semantics from DiploFoundation’s corpuses of books and transcripts.
  2. Generation of long-form answers: Given a question, the algorithm finds relevant paragraphs from Diplo’s corpuses of books and transcripts, and generates new paragraphs with explanatory answers.
  3. Text generation: The algorithm is fine-tuned on diplomatic texts, and is used for the generation of new texts.

Online course: Artificial Intelligence: Technology, Governance, and Policy Frameworks

Artificial intelligence (AI) has moved from the realm of science fiction into our everyday lives. But what exactly is AI, and how does it change our socio-economic landscapes? What is at stake for governments, businesses, and citizens?

Interactive voice assistants on our smartphones, targeted online advertising on social media, and autonomous cars and weapons are just some examples of the varied applications of AI. This online course provides in-depth knowledge that enables participants to critically assess the consequences of AI, and understand the opportunities and challenges AI is creating across a broad spectrum of topics, including policy and diplomacy. It provides an interdisciplinary coverage of AI, encompassing technical, political, legal, economic, security, and ethical issues.

Diplo’s Data Engine

Diplo’s Data Engine collects, processes, and presents large datasets in an understandable manner. It explores and explains the use of new technologies in search for optimal governance and policy solutions. It includes applications which help diplomats and practitioners to make evidence-informed policy decisions, including the Countries-Companies Comparison tool and the Data Sandbox, with many new projects to come.

The Countries-Companies Comparison tool compares the GDP of a country with the revenues of tech companies. The comparison is visualised through the size of the country's flag and the sizes of tech companies' logos. Compare countries and tech companies here.

The Data Sandbox aims to better understand data which involves countries. It allows you to identify patterns in a country's position across different datasets, such as COVID-19, economy, governance, and many others. These patterns help diplomats and practitioners better understand data and further research these issues.

To stay up-to-date on Data Engine's future tools, write to us at [email protected].

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