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A new PSSI study based on data gathered from the research project “Voices of Central and Eastern Europe” aims to describe profiles, attitudes and values of those Czech citizens who believe in conspiracy theories.

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Disinformation continues to be one of the greatest challenges the Western democracies currently face, testing their integrity, cohesion and resilience. With social networks representing an important medium when it comes to their spreading, it is important to understand how exactly disinformation manifests itself  when it comes to the way it circulates on the network and influences its users.


This new addition to the PSSI Perspectives goes over the 5G technology supplier selection in Germany. Unlike many other European countries, Germany has not yet decided whether it would allow Chinese companies to build the 5G networks. It is a pressing issue dividing the government coalition that should be resolved this month of November. This Perspective presents the current regulation, key actors and their standing on the issue.

PSSI PERSPECTIVES #3 - International Investment Bank Report

The Prague Security Studies Institute continues its PSSI Perspectives series of regular short memos on select security-related topics. 


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PSSI Perspectives #2 - Infodemic and Disinformation

The Prague Security Studies Institute continues its PSSI Perspectives, regular short memos on select security-related topics. 


Dr. Jana Robinson’s article “Arctic Space Challenge for NATO Emerging from China’s Economic and Financial Assertiveness” was published in the 30th edition of the Journal of the Joint Air Power Competence Centre

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Regional Security Program // Barbora Chrzová, Petr Čermák, Prague Security Studies Institute / 31 Aug, 2020

PSSI Perspectives #1 - China in the Western Balkans

The Prague Security Studies Institute introduces PSSI Perspectives. These will be regular short memos on select security-related topics, including breaking developments affecting Czech and regional security, Chinese and Russian business transactions or projects of strategic and/or security concern, and the attraction of U.S. and European capital and investments by corporate “bad actors” of adversary states.


In an August 10 report, PSSI critiques the five recommendations of the U.S. Presidential Working Group on Financial Markets addressing risk-related concerns regarding China. 


Regional Security Program // Jonáš Syrovátka, Šimon Pinkas, Adam Novák a Dominika Urhová / 1 Aug, 2020

Case Study of Disinformation Related to Coronavirus

Societies in crises tend to be more suspicious, confused and susceptible to false stories. In this regard, the current Coronavirus pandemic represents a tremendous challenge. The governments are confronted with tackling not only COVID-19 impact on the public health, but also on the information space where disinformation and misinformation has already caused a lot of confusion in an already critical situation.


Economic & Financial Threat Program // Petr Lang, Tomáš Koutský, Ondřej Černý / 19 Jul, 2020

Nejen Huawei: Čínské firmy a naše bezpečnost

Pokud chceme být zemí budoucnosti založenou na využití moderních technologií, musíme si uvědomovat komplexní rizika spojená s jejich užíváním. Naše aktuální studie se v tomto kontextu zaměřuje především na čínské technologické firmy, které české či spojenecké instituce vyhodnotily jako potenciálně rizikové s ohledem na národní bezpečnost. 


Space Security Program // Jana Robinson, Ph.D., Tereza Barbora Kupková, Patrik Martínek / 24 Jun, 2020

Strategic Competition for Space Partnerships and Markets

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, together with her team, contributed an article to the second edition of the Handbook of Space Security by Springer Publishing International. The article, entitled “Strategic Competition for Space Partnerships and Markets”, was recently released (link available here).

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, contributed as an editor to the second edition of the Handbook of Space Security by Springer Publishing International. Her chapter introduction, entitled “Space Security Policies and Strategies of States”, was released in June 2020. (link available here)

How Disinformation Impacts Private Companies

There are various actors creating and disseminating disinformation targeting businesses. These actors broadly fit into three categories: trolls, profiteers, and foreign flags.

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Regional Security Program // Jonáš SyrovátkaJonáš Syrovátka, Julie Vinklová, Lindsay Wojtula a Alena Zikmundová / 31 Mar, 2020

Studie Dezinformace jako Byznys

Dezinformace mohou kromě společenského problému představovat i lákavý byznys. Jeden z hlavních způsobů monetizace představuje poskytování prostoru pro reklamu na problematických webech. Firmy, které reklamu platí, často ani neví, kde se objevuje. Kromě neefektivně vynaložených marketingových rozpočtů ale riskují i poškození značky.

Blogpost introducing the initiative Fair Advertising warning private companies that their advertisement appeared on websites spreading conspiracy theories.

Most businesses are not well acquainted with where their advertisements appear. A growing number of initiatives are opening a public debate about ethical advertising and the monetization of hate and fear content.
New Cyber Security Study

Security Scholars Program // Berta Jarošová, Tomáš Koutský & Ondřej Černý / 15 Jan, 2020

(Cyber) Security and Financial Sector in the Czech Republic

The Prague Security Studies Institute has published a new study focusing on cyber security in the financial sector.

Strategic communication in Czech Republic and Poland..

Regional Security Program // Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) and Center for Propaganda and Disinformation Analysis (CAPD) / 5 Jan, 2020

Strategic Communication in Czech Republic and Poland: Comparison of Perspectives and Practices

In a world characterised by the decline of traditional media and the expansion of social networks, strategic communication is an invaluable tool for building trust between citizens and state institutions. 


Space Security Program // Jana Robinson Ph.D, Roger W. Robinson Jr., Andrew K. Davenport, Tereza B. Kupková, Patrik Martínek, Samuel A. Emmerling, Angela Marzorati / 16 Jun, 2019

State Actor Strategies in Attracting Space Sector Partnerships: Chinese and Russian Economic and Financial Footprints

This is the executive summary of the document that tracks and visually maps, as well as analyses space-related transactions of China and Russia globally over a number of years. It concludes that these two countries have been pro-actively seeking international space partnerships that are, however, often uneven, potentially exposing countries to a phenomenon that PSSI terms ‘space sector capture’.
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Space Security Program // Jana Robinson Ph.D, Martina Šmuclerová Ph.D, Lapo D. Innocenti, Lisa Perrichon, Jakub Pražák / 30 Jul, 2018

Europes's Preparedness to Respond to Space Hybrid Operations

On July 30, 2018, PSSI released its latest space security report, entitled “Europe’s Preparedness to Respond to Space Hybrid Operations”.