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2019 OAS – DiploHack Student Challenge

Deadline: 13 January 2019.

2019 OAS – DiploHack Student Challenge

In 2019, the OAS, with the support of the United States Department of State, will host its first DiploHack Student Challenge. The aim of the event is to strengthen the cybersecurity capacity, skills and awareness of our future leaders on pressing cybersecurity issues.

Balancing national approaches and a collective crisis management response, it also aims to foster a culture of cooperation as well as a better understanding of the role of international and regional organizations in responding to serious cyber incidents.

Throughout the exercise, participating teams will consider current developments relating to responsible state behavior in cyberspace and in the use of information communication technologies (ICT) during peacetime and in the context of armed conflict, the emerging body of confidence building measures to reduce the risk of conflict stemming from the use of ICT and voluntary, non-binding political norms of state behavior; the debate over how international law applies to cyberspace and questions relating to capacity to respond to ICT-related incidents.

The OAS will select six (6) teams to participate in the 2019 OAS DiploHack Student Challenge; four teams from Latin American and Caribbean Universities, one from an American university and one from a Canadian University.

Each team will be comprised of five undergraduate students with different backgrounds (e.g., international relations, law, STEM, and security), plus one faculty advisor drawn from their current academic institution and who will serve as a mentor to the team. Students should also be able to demonstrate a strong command of written and oral English.

Deadline to apply: 13 January 2019

Date of the event: 20-22 February 2019

Venue: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Questions about this opportunity should be sent to with the subject “OAS-DiploHack Student Challenge”.

[Boletín SIUN 421, 20 de diciembre de 2018]

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