Video - Lectures

The Troubled State of Press Freedom in Central Europe

June 4, 2015

CMDS and Freedom House organized a panel discussion on May 21, 2015 to consider some of the conclusions of the recent Freedom House report, Freedom of the Press 2015. The discussion, which was moderated by András Pethő, co-founder and editor of Direkt36, offered a range of perspectives from panelists Jennifer Dunham, Sylvana Habdank-Kołaczkowska, Kate Coyer and Péter Bajomi-Lázár on the global deterioration in press freedom, and regional challenges and threats to the independence of journalists and media outlets.

Renée Loth: American Legacy Media

June 3, 2015

Renée Loth has long covered politics and public policy as a Boston Globe columnist and she was the newspaper’s top editor of the Editorial Page for nine years. Loth has been an active thought leader in American politics, media and public policy at the local and national levels. Currently, she is editor of ArchitectureBoston magazine, the quarterly “ideas” publication of the Boston Society of Architects.

Nick Anstead (LSE): Social Media Analytics and Public Opinion: Opportunities, Challenges and Theory

May 27, 2015

In his talk held at CEU on 14 May, Nick Anstead from the LSE discusses how social media challenges existing views of public opinion, and how this new data source can be used to better understand the public and/or possibly make better predictions as to public behaviour. 

Alison Powell: Brokerage: Mediating Datafication, Citizenship and the City

March 18, 2015

Alison Powell, Assistant Professor in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics examines how the emergence of various forms of data brokerage by companies as well as civic entities recasts notions of citizenship and institutional responsibility.

Jillian C. York: Manipulating Social Media: Changing Political and Geographic Reality

March 9, 2015

Jillian C. York, Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation demonstrates how social media companies often present a different version of geopolitical reality than the one that exists offline, including examples taken from Facebook and Google.