E-sales on Black Friday reached a record 4.2 billion crowns, according to
the Association for Electronic Sales. This amounts to a 19 percent increase
On Friday E-shops saw a 300 percent increase in sales as compared to regular days. The annual sales event was so successful this year that Alza decided to stretch it to a fortnight. An increasing number of Czechs have got used to buying Christmas gifts online.
Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas has been in Prague on Friday for talks with his Czech counterpart Andrej Babiš focused on digitisation, an area in which the Czech government is eager to step up its game. Consultants McKinsey have just published a study saying that accelerated digitisation could deliver up to a massive EUR 26 billion in additional Czech GDP by 2025. I asked Tomáš Karakolev, one of the authors of the study, what the Czech Republic should focus on if it wants to digitalise successfully.
Some 80 percent of Czech households have access to the internet, according
to figures released on Monday by the Czech Statistics Office. This
represents an increase on five years ago, when 67 percent of the
country’s households were able to get online. However, this country is
lagging behind the European average – which was 87 percent last year –
in this regard.
The number of Czechs making use of social media this year reached 4.5 million, a 50 percent increase on 2013.
The Czech intelligence service BIS played a big part in helping to identify
and disconnect Hezbollah servers in the Czech Republic, other EU member
states and the US, the agency’s head Michal Koudelka said in a press
statement for the ctk news agency.
The cyber espionage group running them operated fake Facebook accounts in order to hack computers and acquire information.
It had been under surveillance since 2017.
A 26-year-old woman has been found guilty of hate speech on social networks
in connection with hateful comments which appeared under a class photo of
first-graders in a school in Teplice, published in a regional daily just
over a year ago.
Reacting to the mix of Czech, Romany, Vietnamese and Arab children in the group photo, the woman wrote they should all be shot.
Details of the verdict have not yet been released, since all parties involved first need to be informed about it in writing.
Czechs spent 51.5 billion crowns in e-shops in the first half of the year,
11 per cent more in annual terms. Growth slowed during hot weather, which
came to the Czech Republic in April.
Overall spending is expected to rise, as since last year the Czech Republic has the largest number of e-shops in Europe per capita, while brick and mortar stores increasingly offer goods online. In 2017 e-shop sales grew 18 per cent to 115 billion.
A joint effort by two Czech universities claims to have developed the most accurate plant image recognition system in the world. Able to identify thousands of different kinds of plants and mushrooms, the software has already won three international competitions, beating human experts in the process.
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Prague Christmas markets expected to attract thousands of tourists
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