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 the CEU Democracy Institute and serves as a focal point for an international network of acclaimed scholars, research institutions and activists.

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September 21, 2021

In our latest article covering innovation in journalism from around the world, Jelena Prtoric writes how one TB of films, series, magazines, newspapers and advertisement is delivered every week in Cuba to millions of people in an offline delivery system known as El Paquete Semanal.

September 20, 2021

In a study released today, CMDS Director Marius Dragomir introduces a new tool to assess the editorial independence of the world’s state media and finds that nearly 80% of 546 state-administered media companies in 151 countries lack editorial independence.

September 14, 2021

In a new article in Communications Law, CMDS Fellow Zsuzsa Detrekői warns of problems video sharing platforms face under the new EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive and the Copyright Directive.

September 13, 2021

As video becomes an important tool to expose injustice, CMDS Fellow Sandra Ristovska examines how human rights organizations are seeking to professionalize video activism through video production, verification standards, and training.

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