Facing the Authoritarian Techno-Challenge

Authoritarian governments have been able to exploit new technologies to control people and extend their power, feed their influence, and promote their models. The aggressive spread of authoritarian digital activities is a major challenge to worldwide democracies. In turn, these are currently not offering convincing alternative paradigms for technological and global governance. They inadequately faceContinua a leggere “Facing the Authoritarian Techno-Challenge”

Orbán and the Current Political Situation in Hungary

The model of the so-called illiberal democracy has been given much attention in recent years and has found its main incarnation in Fidesz-led Hungary. Indeed, this right-wing administration is being dubious regarding its permanence in the European Union and is inflaming the hearts of its citizens on issues related to immigration and media. The resultContinua a leggere “Orbán and the Current Political Situation in Hungary”

Is a Global Alliance of Democracy Donors Possible?

How can one coordinate a global alliance of democracies to effectively tackle the current world challenges such as authoritarianism, security threats, and widespread technology? The role of the US as a global leader in human rights matters is of primary importance. Its allies in Europe and Asia need to work together to create a strongContinua a leggere “Is a Global Alliance of Democracy Donors Possible?”

The State of the Media in the Visegrád Countries

Free press and freedom of speech are among democracy’s essential prerequisites; however, they should not be taken for granted. Published by the Hungarian think tank Republikon Institute, with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, The State of the Media in the Visegrád Countries provides a detailed insight into the media status inContinua a leggere “The State of the Media in the Visegrád Countries”

Elections in Syria: Assad’s Staggering Victory Confirms Tirana Index Works

In 1982, Charles Krauthammer wrote in The New Republic about the Tirana Index, a scale that evaluated the attendance of ballot results concluding that the higher the vote a government receives in an election, the more tyrannical it is. It would seem to be still a reliable indicator given the latest confirmation, occurred last WednesdayContinua a leggere “Elections in Syria: Assad’s Staggering Victory Confirms Tirana Index Works”

Threats and Undermining of the Press: Media Freedom in Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia

The state of media freedom in Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia is increasingly getting worse. Independent news outlets are rarer and limited, and the governments directly threaten journalists. Media freedom is suffering. According to the “2020 World Press Freedom Index” of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Hungary and Poland are in the “orange zone” of the ranking,Continua a leggere “Threats and Undermining of the Press: Media Freedom in Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia”

Taking a Side Between Trade, Defence, Illusions in the New Transatlantic Relations

The European Union deceives itself if it thinks its problems in the transatlantic relations are over with Donald Trump’s defeat and Joe Biden’s arrival in the White House. Compared to his predecessor, the new US president has shown remarkable openness and a multilateralist attitude. However, it’s a mistake to think Biden will solve the EU’sContinua a leggere “Taking a Side Between Trade, Defence, Illusions in the New Transatlantic Relations”

Kaja Kallas and the Liberal Estonia of the Future

After the resignation of Jüri Ratas (Estonian Centre Party) on January 13th, due to an inquiry entailing alleged corruption charges against his party, Kaja Kallas, the centre-right Reform Party’s leader, has become the first female Estonian Prime Minister. The list of the leading women in Northern Europe is growing faster. This is good news forContinua a leggere “Kaja Kallas and the Liberal Estonia of the Future”

Group America: Investigation a US-Serbian Drug Gang with Friends in the Shadows

Summary The job of journalists can be dangerous sometimes: reporters may have to deal with criminals that can seriously harm them. It is the objective of several investigative consortia to deal with the burning issues and unreported networks such as Group America, a largely unknown criminal gang involved in corruption, organized crime and drug smuggling.Continua a leggere “Group America: Investigation a US-Serbian Drug Gang with Friends in the Shadows”

Boosting Relevance and Revenue Through Listening

Summary The relationship between the newsrooms and the public should be potentially much more consistent, close and open. One the one hand, the newsrooms must learn to listen more and better to what the public is asking for while on the other hand, the public should be more engaged in a new virtual community. BothContinua a leggere “Boosting Relevance and Revenue Through Listening”