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.
In the Shadow of the Internet: The Rise of Far-Right Violence in Europe
The study maps the recent rise of right-wing motivated violent acts or threats thereof in Europe. It describes current trends and warns of potential developments. It also highlights the staggering global increase in violence driven by extreme right-wing ideologies (a mix of neo-Nazism, white supremacy theories, xenophobia, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and antisemitism). The publication outlines how this threat is growing without significant societal awareness and explains why it is essential to address it.
Brochure Digital Czech Republic 2023
The digital economic revolution, the rise of artificial intelligence, the influence of modern technologies on mental health, and issues related to the disappearance of some traditional professions replaced by machines - not only were these topics discussed by sixty speakers, including top politicians, prominent scientists, and representatives from major companies. The conference also featured panels addressing other very topical and relevant issues related to digitization, such as the role and status of women in technical fields, the advantages and impacts of eHealth, and, of course, cybersecurity in today's open world.
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.