How to Build an Authoritarian Internet Culture: The Pakistan Model

Technology companies were hoped and expected to liberate the world and give journalism a platform to operate freely. But in Pakistan, they have become a policing tool.

Kate Coyer on “Digitalpolitik” at RightsCon

June 28, 2019
The new form of realpolitik, which CMDS Fellow Kate Coyer and other panelists at Rightscon called “digitalpolitik,” is an emerging tactical playbook for how governments use their political, regulatory, military, and commercial powers to project influence in global, digital markets.

Increased Vulnerabilities: Media Freedom in Central and Eastern Europe

June 21, 2019
There are some positive developments regarding press freedom in Central and Eastern Europe, but they are commonly offset by negative factors. There is a declining respect of media freedom and a lack of transparency in media ownership. Digital attacks on journalists are more and more widespread, and the independence of national media regulators is deteriorating. These were the most important takeaways of a discussion on regional trends in freedom of expression organized at the Center for Media, Data and Society.

Community Radio Takeoff in Zimbabwe: Delayed Indefinitely?

June 20, 2019
The community radio sector has been flying high in most of Southern Africa, but remains grounded in Zimbabwe as politicians, seeing foreign conspiracies everywhere, fear loss of control in the media.

Student Call

June 18, 2019

The Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) is accepting applications for part-time, unpaid intern positions at its Budapest office and remotely to work on our ongoing research projects. We are looking for inquisitive students interested in investigating who’s who in media, politics and technology. They will work on the Media Influence Matrix, a comparative research project that CMDS launched in January 2017.