CMDS is one of the leading centers of research on media, communication, and information policy in Europe.  Based in the School of Public Policy at Central European University, we produce scholarly and practice-oriented research addressing academic, policy and civil society needs. In September 2014, we adopted a new name, and you can read more about our transition here

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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. But, aside from the many advantages of extensive mobilization opportunities at low cost, what are the implications of social media corporations being involved in these grassroots movements?

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. Is journalism under threat? The image of journalists, as helmeted war correspondents protected by bullet-proof vests and armed only with cameras and microphones, springs to mind. Physical threats are only the most visible dangers, however. Journalists and journalism itself are facing other threats such as censorship, political and economic pressure, intimidation, job insecurity and attacks on the protection of journalists’ sources. Social media and digital photography mean that anyone can now publish information, which is also upsetting the ethics of journalism.

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. Based on extensive empirical research into emerging migrant and low-wage workers movements and their media practices, this book takes a critical look at the nature of worker resistance to ever-growing global corporate power in a digital age. 

Shawn M. Powers and Michael Jablonski: The Real Cyber War

April 20, 2015

Discussions surrounding the role of the internet in society are dominated by terms such as internet freedom, surveillance, cybersecurity, and, most prolifically, cyber war. But behind the rhetoric of cyber war is an ongoing state-centered battle for control of information resources. Shawn Powers and Michael Jablonski conceptualize this real cyber war as the utilization of digital networks for geopolitical purposes, including covert attacks against another state’s electronic systems, but also, and more importantly, the variety of ways the internet is used to further a state’s economic and military agendas. 

Philip N. Howard: Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Lock Us Up or Set Us Free

April 10, 2015

Should we fear or welcome the internet’s evolution? The “internet of things” is the rapidly growing network of everyday objects—eyeglasses, cars, thermostats—made smart with sensors and internet addresses. Soon we will live in a pervasive yet invisible network of everyday objects that communicate with one another. In this original and provocative book, Director of CMDS, Philip N. Howard envisions a new world order emerging from this great transformation in the technologies around us.

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