The Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) is a research center for the study of media, communication, and information policy and its impact on society and practice. Founded in 2004 as the Center for Media and Communication Studies, CMDS is part of CEU’s School of Public Policy and serves as a focal point for an international network of acclaimed scholars, research institutions and activists.

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February 21, 2018

The Paradise Papers investigation of wealth stashed offshore has won a George Polk Award, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist’s second Polk Award in as many years. The team of more than 380 journalists from six continents was honored with the Financial Reporting Award.

February 15, 2018

Vivian Walker, who is currently a CMDS fellow and adjunct faculty at the CEU School of Public Policy has recently delivered a lecture at the National Defense College of the UAE in Abu Dhabi on Strategic Messaging in Complex Information Environments. The National Defense College offers an MA in national security strategy to UAE elites in government, military and the private sector.

February 15, 2018

A team of CEU MA students has joined the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) in carrying out its newly launched Media Influence Matrix Project. The students are doing research work in line with the common methodology and research template used in the project. The majority of the students are currently pursuing MA degrees at the CEU School of Public Policy (SPP).

February 14, 2018

In his latest piece for the Media Power Monitor, CMDS director Marius Dragomir profiles a prominent Bulgarian businessman, Delyan Peevski, who managed to bring both the state structures and big business in Bulgaria under his tight control and media played a crucial role in this puzzle. As Dragomir writes "Mr Peevski understood early in his career how media can be repurposed to influence political life and business actors.


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