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Monitoring and Killing Public Opinion Online: A Booming Industry in China

January 24, 2017

China has traditionally been a masterful manipulator of public opinion. It has finally perfected a system to weed out dissent on the internet, too. Read Anna Orosz’ article for the MediaPowerMonitor here.

Haraszti on the Rise of Populist Leaders in Washington Post

January 6, 2017

CMDS fellow Miklos Haraszti’s piece on populist leaders and alarming global trends in the rise of illiberal regimes.

Malaysiakini Under Fire

December 16, 2016

In his latest piece for the Media Power Monitor, CMDS Director Marius Dragomir writes about the current state of media in Malaysia. Dragomir writes that mainstream Malaysian media are practically captured by the government. Most of them, including newspapers such as the New Straits Times and Utusan Malaysia, have ownership links with the ruling coalition. Utusan Malaysia, in fact, is directly owned by United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the ruling party.

Know the Power, Know the Media

November 30, 2016

Media and journalism are changing fast and so should the media research agenda.

Internet is Censored in Two-Thirds of the World, Writes Dragomir

November 18, 2016

Astonishingly, two-thirds of internet users live in countries where criticism of authorities is subject to censorship, according to Freedom of the Net 2016, a survey of internet freedom in 65 countries worldwide, run by Freedom House, a U.S. government funded NGO. CMDS's Director, Marius Dragomir recently published an article about the bleak results of the survey in Media Power Monitor.

Dragomir Writes About the Current State of Turkish Media

November 4, 2016

In a recent piece for the Media Power Monitor, Dragomir gives an overview of the state of Turkish media, building on a recent report launched by Reporters Without Frontiers (RSF), an international press freedom NGO, which shows how a ring of powerful players have turned most of the country’s media into a vast propaganda machine, calibrated to protect their wealth and influence.

Dean Starkman Writes About Media Consolidation for Traffic magazine

September 30, 2016

Resident CMDS fellow and visiting faculty at the School of Public Policy, Dean Starkman has authored a piece on the current state of  media consolidation entitled "The Ever-Expanding Media Giants" for Traffic magazine. Examining all media acquisitions over the past decade and the state of the media industry, Starkman writes that "media makes more money today than at any time in human history — $2.4 trillion worldwide, if you count platform companies such as AT&T as well as content companies like the Walt Disney Co.

Kristina Irion's op-ed on Cloud Services after Snowden

CMDS team member, Kristina Irion has authored an op-ed for the Internet Policy Review on cloud services made in Europe after Snowden and Schrems. She writes that "the geolocation of server farms - where data is stored and computing is performed – has evolved into an important attribute of cloud computing. By now, clients and providers are increasingly conscious of the actual whereabouts of cloud services. As a standalone fact this sounds counter-intuitive since cloud technology is location-independent and distance should not matter anymore.

Markos Kounalakis: Russia is now clearly a state sponsor of terror

August 17, 2015

CMDS Fellow, Markos Kounalakis comments on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the changing state of Russia in the Sacramento Bee.

Politics Won’t Know What Hit It

July 14, 2015

Phil Howard's latest commentary essay for Politico on how the "Internet of Things is poised to change democracy itself.