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.
Policy Brief – Jonah Clark, May 2023
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