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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April 13, 2017

As a continuing involvement in the discussions about the state, and the future of, public media around the world, CMDS will take part in a panel of the Broadcasting Education Association, in 23 April 2017 in Las Vegas.

April 11, 2017

During her presentation at the Center for Media, Data and Society on April 10, Karen Donders, who lectures on media policy and European media markets at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, explored some of the complexity of public service media as it exists in different countries around the world. She noted that public broadcasting is “very contextual” and so the tendency to hold up the United Kingdom and BBC as an example that the rest of the world should emulate was “completely wrong.” Donders described the UK as the “most atypical media market in Europe.”

April 10, 2017

Marius Dragomir, director of the CMDS has recently visited Uzbekistan at the invitation of the local UNESCO office. The visit included exchanges with the journalism faculties at the National University and the University of World Languages. Dragomir also took part as an expert in an interactive workshop at the Bunyodkor television complex in Tashkent, organized by the National Association of Electronic Mass Media (N AESMI) with the assistance of the UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan and the financial support of the British Embassy in the country.

March 31, 2017

Ellen Hume, member of our advisory board and Susan Abbott, non-resident CMDS fellow have recently published their joint study researching the future of investigative journalism. The report paints a bright picture of the current state of investigative journalism, stating that "despite the dangers and uncertainties, it is an exciting time to be an investigative journalist, thanks to new collaborations and digital tools. These nonprofits are inventing a potent form of massive, cross border investigative reporting, supported by philanthropy.

Featured Publications

Julia Sonnevend: Stories Without Borders

November 4, 2016

How do stories of particular events turn into global myths, while others fade away? What becomes known and seen as a global iconic event? In Stories without Borders, non-resident CMDS fellow, Julia Sonnevend considers the ways in which we recount and remember news stories of historic significance.

Dalia Haj-Omar: Guidebook for the Strategic Use of New Media for Peaceful Social Change

January 4, 2016

Authored by Dalia Haj-Omar, participant of our 2015 summer school on advanced topics in internet governance, civil society and policy advocacy, Guidebook for the Strategic Use of New Media for Peaceful Social Change is a practical guide promoting the strategic use of social media and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) for advocacy and peaceful change in Sudan and beyond.

Media Pluralism and Diversity

November 3, 2015

Palgrave Macmillan has published Media Pluralism and Diversity, edited by Miklos Sukosd, Robert Picard and Peggy Valcke, and based on a former research project done by CMDS. In the western world, a diverse and pluralistic media landscape is deemed essential for democracy. But how universal is media pluralism as a concept underpinning media policies?

Lina Dencik and Oliver Leistert: Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest

October 28, 2015

Commercial social media platforms have become integral to contemporary forms of protests. They are intensely used by advocacy groups, non-governmental organisations, social movements and other political actors who increasingly integrate social media platforms into broader practices of organizing and campaigning.

Sejal Parmar Contributes to Journalism at Risk

Sejal Parmar, core faculty member of CMDS and Assistant Professor of Law at CEU's Department of Legal Studies has contributed to the Council of Europe's new book, Journalism at Risk, in which ten experts from different backgrounds examine the role of journalism in democratic societies.

Lina Dencik and Peter Wilkin: Worker Resistance and Media

September 17, 2015

With developments in media technologies creating new opportunities and challenges for social movements to emerge and mobilize, Worker Resistance and Media, written by CMDS fellow Lina Dencik and Peter Wilkin, published by Peter Lang is a timely and necessary examination of how organized labour and workers movements are engaging with this shifting environment.

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Wednesday May 03

Mario Viola de Azevedo Cunha, Attila Batorfy, Erica Benner, Tamas Bodoky, Eva Bognar, András Bozóki, Amy Brouillette, Marius Dragomir, Francesca Fanucci, Michael Ignatieff, Maria Kronfeldner, Jody McPhillips, Simon Rippon
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