The mission of the Institute is to cultivate the Czech political and public sphere through professional and open discussion. We aim to create a living platform which defines problems, analyzes them, and offers recipes for their solution in the form of cooperation with experts, politicians, international conferences, seminars, public discussions, and political and social analysis available to the whole of Czech society. We believe that open discussion with experts and the recognition of the causes of problems is a necessary presumption for any successful solution to the political and social problems facing society today.
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The Erosion of Democratic Society in the Online Space?
As a forum for human interaction, the internet possesses both pro- and anti-democratic potential. This paper identifies two areas where the internet has encouraged democratic erosion: the promotion of hate speech and extremism and the spread of disinformation online. Both issues will be presented with an overview of their current status in Czechia and the EU, as well as an outline of past and present efforts taken by national and international actors to curtail their impact. Finally, this paper discusses the preservation of democratic rights and freedoms relating to internet usage.
Fighting Climate Change: Activism or Extremism?
As the climate crisis worsens, activist groups such as Last Generation and Extinction Rebellion have organised large-scale protests to push governments and individuals into actions. However, while these groups may have good intentions, some of their activism might have crossed into extremism. Their protests received harsh criticism from politicians, journalists, and society, possibly even alienating many potential supporters.
Multiple Challenges for Transatlantic Partnerships
The document reflects the international conference Multiple Challenges for Transatlantic Partnerships, which discussed the partnership from economic, political and security perspectives. The conference was attended by European Parliament Vice-President Dita Charanzová, ALDE Vice-President and Ukrainian MP Kira Rudyk, Nobel Prize winner Oleksandra Matviichuk and other prominent speakers.