The Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) is a research center for the study of media, communication, and information policy and its impact on society and practice. Founded in 2004 as the Center for Media and Communication Studies, CMDS is part of CEU’s School of Public Policy and serves as a focal point for an international network of acclaimed scholars, research institutions and activists.

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July 5, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.

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