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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March 23, 2017

The Maharat Foundation and the UNDP Peace Building Program organized on 21-22 March 2017 in Beirut a workshop entitled “Comparative experiences from the world on the role of media in promoting peace and social stability: Regulations and Models”.

March 21, 2017

Resident CMDS fellow, Dean Starkman has recently been interviewed by Romania's Digi24 on the complex reasons behind the rise of fake news and how it can best be tackled.

March 20, 2017

WIRED has recently written about Germany's proposed law that would fine social media companies up to €50 million ($53 million) for not responding quickly enough to reports of illegal content or hate speech. The law would require social media platforms to come up with ways to make it easy for users to report hateful content. Companies would have 24 hours to respond to “obviously criminal content” or a week for more ambiguous cases.

March 16, 2017

In a public lecture at CEU’s Center for Media, Data and Society on March 14, Nathalie Maréchal explored why Putin has pursued a particularly aggressive internet policy in recent years. She said that it was important to understand Putin’s internet policy as part of a broader information control policy that seeks to accumulate power and control for Russia’s elites.

Featured Publications

Julia Sonnevend: Stories Without Borders

November 4, 2016

How do stories of particular events turn into global myths, while others fade away? What becomes known and seen as a global iconic event? In Stories without Borders, non-resident CMDS fellow, Julia Sonnevend considers the ways in which we recount and remember news stories of historic significance.

Dalia Haj-Omar: Guidebook for the Strategic Use of New Media for Peaceful Social Change

January 4, 2016

Authored by Dalia Haj-Omar, participant of our 2015 summer school on advanced topics in internet governance, civil society and policy advocacy, Guidebook for the Strategic Use of New Media for Peaceful Social Change is a practical guide promoting the strategic use of social media and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) for advocacy and peaceful change in Sudan and beyond.

Media Pluralism and Diversity

November 3, 2015

Palgrave Macmillan has published Media Pluralism and Diversity, edited by Miklos Sukosd, Robert Picard and Peggy Valcke, and based on a former research project done by CMDS. In the western world, a diverse and pluralistic media landscape is deemed essential for democracy. But how universal is media pluralism as a concept underpinning media policies?

Lina Dencik and Oliver Leistert: Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest

October 28, 2015

Commercial social media platforms have become integral to contemporary forms of protests. They are intensely used by advocacy groups, non-governmental organisations, social movements and other political actors who increasingly integrate social media platforms into broader practices of organizing and campaigning.

Sejal Parmar Contributes to Journalism at Risk

Sejal Parmar, core faculty member of CMDS and Assistant Professor of Law at CEU's Department of Legal Studies has contributed to the Council of Europe's new book, Journalism at Risk, in which ten experts from different backgrounds examine the role of journalism in democratic societies.

Lina Dencik and Peter Wilkin: Worker Resistance and Media

September 17, 2015

With developments in media technologies creating new opportunities and challenges for social movements to emerge and mobilize, Worker Resistance and Media, written by CMDS fellow Lina Dencik and Peter Wilkin, published by Peter Lang is a timely and necessary examination of how organized labour and workers movements are engaging with this shifting environment.

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