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.
The European Dilemma of Nord Stream 2 and a Path Forward
The Nord Stream 2 is a system of pipelines for transporting natural gas from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea. Several actors and countries are involved in this project, which was scheduled to end in 2019.
Is Nord Stream 2 a political project that aims to reduce Ukraine’s status as a gas transit state? How will the Central and Eastern European countries be affected by the construction of Nord Stream 2? Will it make them more vulnerable to Russian price dictation? Do differing views on Nord Stream 2 threaten European cohesion? These questions were addressed by experts during a round table discussion organised by the European Liberal Forum in cooperation with the Institute for Politics and Society and Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. The round table was moderated by Martin Ehl, Chief analyst at Hospodářské noviny.
Safer Internet for Kids and Youth
Children and youth belong to the most vulnerable groups online. In the online world, they are facing threats, such as cyberbullying or stalking. Even meeting people online can be risky, as there can be an individual with indecent intentions on the other side of the Internet. The current situation even more "tied" the children and youth to the modern information and communication technologies, further increasing the occurrence of dangers.
The publication focuses on this topic from the viewpoints of different experts. It pays attention to concrete threats and their psychological aspects, sexual exploitation of children on the Internet, education and prevention, and mechanisms and policies for protecting the children online. The foreword was written by the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Dita Charanzová.
The publication is released by the European Liberal Forum in cooperation with the Institute for Politics and Society and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
Bitcoin: signal of a traditional monetary system in distress?
Developed in the aftermath of the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008 to provide an alternative model to the monetary system based on trust, Bitcoin is currently experiencing massive success in the context of the Covid-19 crisis. Alicia Gasset, in her paper, describes how can investments in Bitcoin be seen as a kind of "technological populism" that highlights the contradictions and dysfunctions of the traditional monetary model. She underlines that Bitcoin can be risky if misused and raises ecological concerns regarding computers' power consumption, which is needed for Bitcoin mining. Gasset recommends that national, regional and international public authorities must cooperate to regulate this innovative technology. She highlights that it is not a question of destroying innovation but providing it with a legal framework and adapting it to contemporary issues.