Data Governance in the Digital Economy online course


The Data Governance in the Digital Economy online course helps students grasp the complexity of data governance in a holistic manner by covering the technical, economic, legal, policy, and geopolitical aspects of this topic. Particular emphasis is given to the economic importance of data for development strategies.

The course is specifically designed for diplomats, government officials, and business leaders.

Participants will gain an understanding of the main challenges related to data governance in the context of the digital economy. They will also acquire the skills to outline the main elements that should be included in data strategies, and learn how to formulate their national positions in negotiations involving data flows.

This course adopts a ‘just-in-time’ approach, meaning it focuses on the ongoing policy initiatives and follows digital trade negotiations that are currently taking place in International Geneva.

How will you learn?

The Data Governance in the Digital Economy course will be conducted entirely online, and students will interact intensively in discussions with classmates and lecturers from around the world. Personalised guidance and feedback will be provided by the course team.

What will you learn?

  • WHY data governance matters: The geopolitics and geoeconomics of data
  • WHAT types of data are tackled by data governance: Personal, public, and private
  • WHAT the main policy areas of data governance are: Economic, legal, security, and development
  • WHAT the main national and international legal instruments and initiatives are (e.g. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data free flow with trust (DFFT), Global Initiative on Data Security)
  • WHO the main actors in data governance are: Governments, tech platforms, and international organisations
  • HOW data governance may be achieved: Self-regulation, national regulation, and international treaties
  • HOW small and developing countries can protect and promote their interest in data-related negotiations
  • HOW to manage the interplay between data regulation and AI frameworks
  • WHERE data governance is performed: Local, national, and international levels


Topics addressed in the course:

  • The main characteristics and value of data
  • Data access and sharing mechanisms
  • Data and information security
  • Cross-border data flows, data localisation, and the protection of privacy
  • Data in the context of development strategies
  • The interplay between data and standards

Need more info:

DiploFoundation (attn Tanja Nikolic)

Anutruf, Ground Floor, Hriereb Street
Msida, MSD 1675, Malta

+356 21 333 323;
[email protected]


The Data Governance in the Digital Economy course uses a collaborative learning approach where the course participants read the materials uploaded in the online classroom and interact with lecturers and other participants using various tools.

In addition to this asynchronous interaction, the course also includes two live Zoom meetings per week, during which the course faculty and guest lecturers will clarify questions and discuss ongoing policy processes with participants.

Participants who complete the course successfully will receive a course certificate.


Applicants must have:

  • Sufficient English language skills to undertake postgraduate-level studies.
  • Regular internet access; dial-up connections are sufficient, broadband is preferable.
  • On average, 3 hours of commitment per week, including participation in two live Zoom webinars a week at specified times.

Fees and scholarships

The course fee is 500 CHF per participant, due upon acceptance into the course.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for applicants from small and developing countries.

Apply for a certificate course

Fill out the short form to start your application process for this course. You will receive an instruction email on how to continue.

If you are applying for financial assistance, please upload your CV and a motivation letter that should include:

  • Details of your relevant professional and educational background
  • Reasons for your interest in the course
  • Why you feel you should have the opportunity to participate in this course: How will your participation benefit you, your institution and/or your country?

Cancellation Policy

Diplo reserves the right to cancel this course if enrolment is insufficient. In case of cancellation, Diplo will notify applicants shortly after the application deadline.