When Politicians Become the Guy Next Door

April 16, 2018

Thanks to the power of the internet, politicians are learning how to use their personal life to make people follow them. People indeed feel politicians are more accessible than ever. But that is hardly improving the quality of our politics. SPP Master's candidate Kamilla Ibragimova's article on the personalization of politics.

The Age of Social Media: Have Photos Lost Their Meaning?

April 12, 2018

Photos have influenced public debate and have contributed to the mobilization of individuals. However, today almost everyone that has a mobile phone with a camera can become a photographer and share their image. But when too many, are pictures losing impact?

Getting Rich by Smart Lying

April 4, 2018

Lone tech-renegades turn fake news into a lucrative business, which, thanks to technology advances, is here to stay and probably grow.

Belarus: Winning Elections, Old-School Style

March 28, 2018

The local elections in Belarus are a strong indicator that Lukashenko’s regime is there to stay. Some oldfangled gimmicks help them win the needed votes.

Big Advertisers Crusade for Transparency on Social Media: What’s the Catch?

March 26, 2018

Major advertisers push social media companies for more transparency, but will reform or more extensive data mining be the response?

The Future of China’s Internet: No One Will Be Left Unscored

March 22, 2018

Master's candidate at the CEU School of Public Policy, Svetlana Zens writes about the social scoring system: the new pastime in China’s society. With the government in charge as of 2020, it could turn into a torment.

America’s Cyberspace: A Return to Isolationism

March 21, 2018

William Jordan writes about the US cybersecurity implications of the 5G revolution. Jordan is a Master's candidate at the CEU School of Public Policy and he's taking the CMDS practicum course run by CMDS director Marius Dragomir at the CEU School of Public Policy.

Markos Kounalakis comments on free speech in The Sacramento Bee

January 21, 2015

In his article "Ideas are worth defending against dictators and theocrats", CMDS fellow Markos Kounalakis comments on the attack against Charlie Hebdo, and what the defence of ideas and free speech means in the 21st century.

Participation, Civics and Your Next Coffee Maker

December 27, 2014

This is the prepublication version of Phil Howard's response to the article by Ethan Zuckerman “New Media, New Civics?” published in Policy & Internet (2014: vol. 6, issue 2).  Final version, with Zuckerman’s essay and other responses, here.


Markos Kounalakis in The Sacramento Bee

December 26, 2014

In his op-ed for The Sacramento Bee, entitled "Caracas and cars, energy and democracy", CMDS fellow Markos Kounalakis writes about the international implications of gas prices and the global energy future.