Marius Dragomir is the Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society. He previously worked for the Open Society Foundations (OSF) for over a decade. Since 2007, he has managed the research and policy portfolio of the Program on Independent Journalism (PIJ), formerly the Network Media Program (NMP), in London. He has also been one of the main editors for PIJ's flagship research and advocacy project, Mapping Digital Media, which covered 56 countries worldwide, and he was the main writer and editor of OSF’s Television Across Europe, a comparative study of broadcast policies in 20 European countries.
Core Faculty Member at the School of Public Policy
Cameran Ashraf is a human rights activist, social entrepreneur, and geographer. His research is focused on the current and historical relationship between space, technology, and the state as well as the broader psycho-political and psycho-social impacts of technology.
Éva Bognár is Senior Program Officer and Researcher at CMDS. Éva has been with the Center since 2006. She has been managing projects (including EU-funded projects on Violent Online Political Extremism, Media Pluralism, Press and Media Freedom, and projects funded by the Open Society Foundations on Hungarian Media Laws in Europe, and Hungarian Media Ownership) and events (public lectures, workshops, conferences and the annual summer school) for the Center. Recently she has been studying Hungarian minorities and their use of online space; and media representation of migration. Her background is in sociology.
Director of the Civil Society and Technology Project
Kate Coyer is Director of the Civil Society and Technology Project for the Center for Media, Data and Society in the School of Public Policy at CEU. Her research examines the complexities of media practice and policy; digital rights advocacy and the social uses of technologies; media development and communication for social change; the opportunities and challenges of emerging technologies as well as the resilience of ‘old’ mediums like radio.
Mihaela works as the Program Coordinator for the CMDS. She has a strong background in academic research but has also been involved in doing community work here in Budapest. Her interests lie in project management, Jewish cultural heritage, fundraising and international development.
Dumitrita Holdis works for the Center for Media, Data and Society's (CMDS) "Sound Relations" project where she managed the project, teaches courses and conducts research on academic podcasting. She has previously done research on media representation, migration, and labour integration. She holds a BA in Sociology from the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and a MA degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University. She also has professional background in project management and administration.She has worked and lived in Romania, Hungary, France and Turkey.
Anna works as Outreach Coordinator at CMDS, and as Program Coordinator of CEU's Visual Studies Platform. She is an experienced PR and Communications expert with a strong background in journalism, marketing communication and CSR, and a passion for copywriting, culture and digital media. She studied English and Comparative Literature at Eötvös Loránd University, specializing in modern British and post-colonial literature and gender studies. Prior to joining CEU she has worked as an editor and journalist at Pesti Est and as a Communications Associate at Egis Pharmaceuticals PLC.
Sejal Parmar is Assistant Professor of Law at the Department of Legal Studies and a core faculty member of the Center on Media, Data and Society at the School of Public Policy at CEU. She is currently on leave from CEU while serving as Senior Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. Her main field of expertise and research is international and European human rights law, particularly on freedom of expression.
Tom Popper is a journalist with 30 years of experience, including close to 10 years editing for daily newspapers in the United States and extensive work for business, policy and travel publications in Europe. Since the early 1990s, he has been head editor of several English-language publications produced in Hungary, including Budapest Week, Time Out Budapest and the Budapest Business Journal.
Joost van Beek has been a researcher at CMDS since September 2009. Previously, he worked at the EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program (EUMAP) of the Open Society Institute, and Mira Media, a Dutch NGO that promotes the representation of minorities in the media.Currently, Joost is a researcher for the project "CAPTCHA – Creative Approaches to Living Cultural Archives". He was also co-author of the Hungary country report for the Internet Freedom Report 2014, which was published in March 2015 by Transitions (TOL) and PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society).