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 Tale of Hong Kong: From Freedom to Crackdown
Protests in Hong Kong started in summer 2019 after growing pressures and interferences from Beijing sparked public disorders. "Five demands, not one less" became the slogan of the protesters demanding more democracy and less complacency regarding the “One Country Two Systems” rule. Among the requests were the withdrawal of a bill enabling China to obtain the extradition of anyone in Hong Kong, the allowance of the people of Hong Kong to democratically elect their own government, and accountability for multiple acts of police brutality. The extradition bill was later withdrawn, but protests continued until the National Security Law was passed, effectively limiting freedom of expression and defining regime-criticism as unpatriotic, thus illegal.
AI policy in the Czech Republic
The policy paper analyses the Czech Republic’s National Artificial Intelligence Strategy (NAIS), and how or to what extent the strategy is influenced by the European Union’s approach on “trustworthy AI”. The analysis is divided into five main sections, covering the composition and focus areas of the NAIS, law and ethics, data and digitisation, and the timeline of proposed objectives.
Paper byl připraven pro Evropské liberální fórum (ELF), které jej s podporou Institutu pro politiku a společnost a Fóra pro reformy, podnikání a udržitelnost (Fores) vydalo jako samostatnou kapitolu publikace Human-centered AI in the EU.
Multiple Challenges for Transatlantic Partnerships
The last four years have been turbulent for relations between the US and the EU. The change in administration in the US brings a change in US-EU relations, but it does not bring the relations back to what they were in the pre-Trump period. The impact that the Trump administration has had on the attitude and perception of the US by the EU cannot be undone or forgotten. Still, the Biden administration allows for the relationship to start building again.
The 2020 conference on Multiple Challenges for Transatlantic Partnerships focussed on discussing three key areas of the Transatlantic partnership: economy, policy, and security. There is plenty of overlap between these areas, and there always have been and always will be challenges facing them.