Markos Kounalakis comments on free speech in The Sacramento Bee

January 21, 2015

In his article "Ideas are worth defending against dictators and theocrats", CMDS fellow Markos Kounalakis comments on the attack against Charlie Hebdo, and what the defence of ideas and free speech means in the 21st century.

Participation, Civics and Your Next Coffee Maker

December 27, 2014

This is the prepublication version of Phil Howard's response to the article by Ethan Zuckerman “New Media, New Civics?” published in Policy & Internet (2014: vol. 6, issue 2).  Final version, with Zuckerman’s essay and other responses, here.


Markos Kounalakis in The Sacramento Bee

December 26, 2014

In his op-ed for The Sacramento Bee, entitled "Caracas and cars, energy and democracy", CMDS fellow Markos Kounalakis writes about the international implications of gas prices and the global energy future.

On the Protection of Journalistic Sources

Gill Phillips, Director of Editorial Legal Services for Guardian News & Media Limited writes about protecting journalistic sources.

Best Practices and Tips for Using Confidential Sources

Gill Phillips, Director of Editorial Legal Services for Guardian News & Media Limited writes about practical considerations for journalists who use confidential sources.

On the Road to more Transparency: Access to Information under Article 10 ECHR

Dirk Voorhoof on the freedom of expression and access to information under Article 10 of the European Court of Human Rights.

The Autocrat Inside the EU

August 29, 2014

by Amy Brouilette

"In late July, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a bold speech in the Transylvanian town of Tusnadfurdo. His message, articulated at a retreat of Hungarian leaders, was unquestionably controversial; to many observers of Hungarian politics, it was nothing short of galling. Orban announced plans to make his country an "illiberal state," citing some of the world's more repressive regimes -- Russia and China, for instance -- as models.

Why We Like Pinterest for Fieldwork

July 15, 2014

by Phil Howard

Anyone tackling fieldwork these days can chose from a wide selection of digital tools to put in their methodological toolkit.  Among the best of these tools are platforms that let you archive, analyze, and disseminate at the same time.  It used to be that these were fairly distinct stages of research, especially for the most positivist among us. You came up with research questions, chose a field site, entered the field site, left the field site, analyzed your findings, got them published, and shared your research output with friends and colleagues.

Follow the Money! Ownership & Financial Transparency should be a Media Policy Standard

May 4, 2014

by Kristina Irion

On paper, media policy in Western Balkan countries complies with the standards set by the Council of Europe and the EU aquis. However, a cross-national comparison of case studies from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYROM) and Serbia that I conducted with my colleague Tarik Jusić showed that media systems in these countries have the form, but often lack the substance of democratic media institutions. In particular, we find a worrying tendency for media, politics, and business to form an iron triangle- a self-enforcing power structure serving local, albeit sometimes competing, elites. In such a context, politics and businesses deputize mass media to advance their partisan interests and, with some notable exceptions, mass media ties in with politics and businesses for revenues.

Kounalakis discusses Snowden and capital punishment

January 28, 2014

CMDS Fellow Markos Kounalakis wrote an article in the Sacramento Bee about why the US was unlikely to get Edward Snowden back.

'The heated debate surrounding NSA leaker Edward Snowden usually revolves around two extreme positions: Some consider him a hero and a whistle-blower worthy of clemency, while others consider his acts treasonous and believe he should be subject to the harshest punishment in our penal system.