Wojciech Przybylski takes stock of the threat posed to privacy and human rights in Poland, following the country’s slide into constitutional crisis.
(1980) is president of the board of the Res Publica Foundation and former editor-in-chief of Eurozine. He is also editor-in-chief of Res Publica Nowa and Visegrad Insight, and a political commentator and social entrepreneur.
He has initiated and led several public campaigns such as City DNA – promoting democratic participation through urban communities, Free Speech Partnership – networking editors of culture and opinion journals in cooperation with Eurozine, and New Europe 100, a list of Digital Age challengers prepared by Res Publica together with Financial Times, Google and Visegrad Fund. His interests involve intellectual history and political philosophy with focus on political and religious ideas in 19th and 20th century as well as the political and culture revolution of the Digital Age. Previously he has worked as a research assistant at the Erasmus Chair at Warsaw University, where he has organized the Tischner Debates in cooperation with IWM in Vienna, Politische Akademie in Vienna, and CEFRES in Prague. He has written on Polish and European affairs for Eurozine, Gazeta Wyborcza, Polska The Times, Hospodarske Noviny, New Eastern Europe, Reporter magazine, Rigas Laiks and other media.
From controlling to democratizing borders
Mass migration is not merely the result of geopolitical and economic factors, but of cultural triggers too. Moreover, says Ivaylo Ditchev, borders themselves must be subject to a public debate about what kind of borders we want where, rather than arbitrary decisions made by the powers that be.
A conversation with Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz
In Europe all political thought is imperialist, says Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz. This means that politics as we know it today incorporates the experience of imperial politics from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, when the foundations of what we call “the political” were forged.
A conversation with Luciano Floridi
Privacy and identity are two sides of the same coin, argues Luciano Floridi. And yet, paradoxically, western governments are now eroding privacy in the interests of their own self-preservation. However, collecting data first and asking questions later is not a policy, says Floridi; it’s an affront to one of the foundations of liberal democracy.
On Russia's information war
In a climate where the voices of genuine journalists risk being drowned out amid a plethora of agents of propaganda, what is the best media strategy for small states? Wojciech Przybylski leads a discussion on the robustness of media models in conditions of information warfare. He is joined by Janis Karklins, director of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO StratCom COE) in Riga, and Raul Rebane, an Estonian journalist and communications consultant.
In a timely opinion piece written prior to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, Res Publica Nowa editor-in-chief Wojciech Przybylski contends that should Europe rule out the use of force, it will clear the way for others who will not hesitate to use military might to achieve their political ends.
A European constitution that covers no more than a few sides of paper and clearly sets out the values that we share: concisely and for the people. This, writes Res Publica Nowa editor Wojciech Przybylski, is what is required if the EU’s disintegration is to be averted.
The notion of abandoning the East for the sake of a brighter western dominates the Polish memory of ’89, writes Wojciech Przybylski. Renewed debate among the born-free generation about the period of change would foster a more individual cultural identity
A response to Samuel Abrahám
Nation-states have enough instruments of their own to ward off the threat of populism. Wojciech Przybylski, editor of Res Publica Nowa, responds to Samuel Abrahám’s warning that European stability is threatened by the type of illiberal politician gaining ground in the Visegrád Four nations.