The telecom group O2 Czech Republic plans to remove all public pay
telephones by year’s end except for those it is obligated to keep in the
country’s smallest municipalities.
Out of the roughly 3,900 telephone booths currently in operation, some 1,150 will remain in municipalities with up to 200 inhabitants, an O2 spokesperson said.
More than a quarter of Czechs developed their computer skills last year,
with self-study being the most popular method, according to an analysis by
the Czech Statistics Office released on Monday. The country ranks sixth in
the EU28, eight points ahead of the average score, which lies at 20
percent. Finland dominates the ranking with 64 percent of its population
between the ages of 16 to 74 improving their computer skills.
In the Czech Republic the percentage of those cultivating their information and communication technology skills depends on the age group. Among16 to 24-year-olds it is every second individual.
Municipalities around the country have been given a year to make their web
pages user-friendly for disabled and elderly citizens, according to a new
Interior Ministry regulation.
This will necessitate a suitable presentation with regard to size, style and layout and a text that is optimal for reading programs for the blind. Newly-set up web pages must meet the criteria from the outset.
The ministry said even the smallest municipalities should have no problem meeting the criteria since work on their web pages is usually done by IT specialists via outsourcing.
Older people are the most vulnerable and targeted group in the Czech Republic when it comes to online disinformation, says Jaroslav Valůch. He is the head of the media education programme at Transitions Online, which runs media literacy courses around the country in cooperation with Elpida, a pro-seniors organisation. When Valůch visited our studios the conversation took in the specific kinds of fake news older Czechs encounter, how disinformation is poisoning intergenerational relations – and much more besides.
Just as in many other countries in the world the Czech online scene is filled with hateful comments and disinformation posing as news. The authors of this material are commonly referred to as “trolls” and their influence is increasingly seen as dangerous and divisive, potentially working on behalf of foreign actors. While this may be true in some cases it seems that the majority of the Czech troll scene is made up of individuals who do so voluntarily.
The Czech Pirate Party has called on Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, Foreign
Minister Tomáš Petříček and Culture Minister Lubomír Zaorálek to
join Poland’s complaint against the recently approved European Union’s
The Pirates are mainly against the so-called automated filtering of social media platforms, which they say is inaccurate and infringes on freedom of expression.
The EU Council officially approved the directive in April, and it went into force on June 7. Meanwhile, EU member states have to produce their own laws to implement it.
The Finance Ministry has sent the government a proposal to introduce a 7%
digital tax for large Internet companies such as Facebook and Google as of
mid-2020. According to the ministry the tax could bring approximately five
billion crowns to state coffers annually.
The proposed tax would concern internet companies with a global turnover of over € 750 million (CZK 19.1 billion), and an annual turnover of at least CZK 50 million for taxable services in the Czech Republic. Some digital economy platforms, such as Airbnb and Uber, would also be taxable.
The ministry’s proposal is based on a draft prepared by the European Commission, which however failed to win approval in the European Parliament.
Seven Czech gaming studios plan to present their products at the upcoming
Gamescom international trade fair in Cologne, Germany.
The exhibitors at the Czech national booth include established studios such as Bohemia Interactive, Charged Monkey, BadFly Interactive and Czech Games Edition as well as the start-ups Charles Games, Gold Knights and Outside the Fox.
The national booth is being organized by the Czech Game Developers Association and the state CzechInvest agency with the support of Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Gamescom runs from 20-22 August. It is the second time a Czech national booth is participating.
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