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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November 29, 2022

As per October 2022, CMDS commenced its operations under the name Media and Journalism Research Center (MJRC) independently of CEU. This website is an archive of projects conducted by CMDS as a CEU unit and will not be updated.

September 7, 2022

The Journalism Breakthroughs Project led by the Democracy Institute’s Center for Media, Data and Society is organizing a one-and-a-half-day event in which members of media organizations, labor activists, students, researchers and members of civil society organizations are invited to debate and discuss the use of organizing into unions, networks, associations and communities to push forward the rights of journalists and to protect the freedom of the media. 

September 6, 2022

CMDS Fellow Joan Barata has become one of the new members of the Board of Directors of human rights organization Access Info Europe.

September 1, 2022

A new research report on civic participation in the datafied society, co-authored by CMDS Fellows Arne Hintz and Lina Dencik as well as by Joanna Redden, Emiliano Treré, Jess Brand and Harry Warne, has just been published by the Data Justice Lab.


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