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.
CMDS has been commissioned by GLOBSEC, an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organisation in Slovakia that conducts research activities and connects key experts on foreign and security policy, to develop a free online course on media and disinformation. The course is the fiirst online course on disinformation and media literacy in the region.
The Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) commissioned CMDS to write a series of media case studies for a package of media business guides that they are publishing, targeted mostly at their investees, which include media outlets in over 70 countries all over the world. The first two case studies on implementing paywalls were written by Marius Dragomir, Dumitrita Holdis and Ian M. Cook, and they are already available online at this link or as a pdf below.
Marius Dragomir, director of the Center for Media, Data and Society has recently authored a piece for Project Syndicate, giving an overview of alarming trends we can witness in many countries about the myriad ways state exerts control over public media. "In many media markets around the world", Dragomir writes, "publicly-financed news organizations are little more than government mouthpieces.