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Jan Urban, journalist and disident, met with RMSSP students to discuss media and democracy

15.03.2017

On March 14, RMSSP students welcomed Jan Urban, journalist and one of the leading figures of Czech dissent.  

The deliberation started with an overview of the influence of technological innovations on journalism. According to Mr. Urban, this influence is rather negative because it forces journalists to make news shorter and more emotional. The change of the format of media information leads also to degradation of the audience. Nowadays the society is more tend to be divided into social bubbles, which are not able to understand each other. This situation poses a serious threat to democratic systems. 

The specific features of Czech media landscape were also discussed. Mr. Urban pointed out that aside from the usual problems with finances, the influence of the owners and lack of continuity, the key problem lays in fundaments of Czech society. Its homogeneity and lack of historical self-awareness make it more vulnerable to uncertainties which we are facing now.

Presented opinions induced vivid discussion. It was mentioned that modern technologies can also have a positive effect on public debate. Mr. Urban admitted that it can happen, but warned of too optimistic appraisal of the situation and noted that a great uncertainty remains in the current rapid development.  

The situation in Czech media was also discussed in detail. Mr. Urban shared with RMSSP students his personal experience that cleared up the current very difficult position of journalists.

PSSI at 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)

07.10.2018

PSSI took part in the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held this year on October 1-5, 2018, in Bremen, Germany. The theme of this year’s Congress was “IAC2018 – Involving Eveyone“ (more information about ... more »

PSSI Published a Second Briefing Paper Written within the Project “Western Balkans at the Crossroads: Assessing Non-Democratic External Influence Activities"

21.09.2018

The second briefing paper focuses on Russian, Chinese, Turkish and Gulf States’ influence and activities in the political arena of the Western Balkan countries. Defining the political sphere is particularly difficult since it permeates all other ... more »

PSSI to Hold a Public Debate on Cyber Warfare

15.09.2018

Cyber Warfare in the 21st Century Former secretary of defense Leon Panetta once described cyber warfare as “the most serious threat in the twenty-first century,” capable of destroying our entire infrastructure and crippling the nation. ... more »

PSSI Contributes to AMOS SSA Policy Forum

14.09.2018

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, participated in a panel discussion at the SSA Policy Forum, part of the annual Advanced Maui Optical and Surveillance (AMOS) Technologies Conference, held in Maui, Hawaii, on September ... more »

PSSI Held a Brainstorming Meeting on China’s One Belt One Road Initiative with Experts from V4+ Countries

13.09.2018

On September 13, PSSI held a brainstorming meeting with project partners within the project „Comparative analysis of the approach towards China: V4+ and One Belt, One Road (OBOR)“. Invited experts presented their briefings, in which they ... more »

We're Looking for a Project Coordinator!

09.09.2018

PSSI is looking for a project coordinator for the Security Scholars Program. Find more information here. ... more »