Marius Dragomir is the Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society. He previously worked for the Open Society Foundations (OSF) for over a decade. Since 2007, he has managed the research and policy portfolio of the Program on Independent Journalism (PIJ), formerly the Network Media Program (NMP), in London. He has also been one of the main editors for PIJ's flagship research and advocacy project, Mapping Digital Media, which covered 56 countries worldwide, and he was the main writer and editor of OSF’s Television Across Europe, a comparative study of broadcast policies in 20 European countries.

Core Faculty Member at the School of Public Policy

Cameran Ashraf is an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy, head of Human Rights at the Wikimedia Foundation, and co-founder of international human rights and technology organization AccessNow.  In recognition of his work, the European Parliament selected AccessNow as a finalist for the 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union's highest human rights honor.

Senior Program Officer and Researcher

Éva Bognár is Senior Program Officer and Researcher at Democracy Institute`s Center for Media, Data and Society. Éva has been with CEU since 2006. She has been managing projects (including EU-funded projects on Violent Online Political Extremism, Media Pluralism, Press and Media Freedom, and projects funded by the Open Society Foundations on Hungarian Media Laws in Europe, misinformation, and Hungarian Media Ownership) and events (public lectures, workshops, conferences and the annual summer school) for the Center. Éva is the Hungarian contributor to the Digital News Report, a major comparative project from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. Recently she has been studying Hungarian minorities and their use of online space; and media representation of migration. Her background is in sociology.

Resident Research Fellow

Amy Brouillette is the Senior Research and Editorial Manager of the Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) project and a fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society. Prior to joining RDR, Amy served as director of the European Media Program at the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at Central European University in Budapest.Her articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Research Affiliate

Kate Coyer is a Research Affiliate with the Center for Media, Data and Society in the School of Public Policy at Central European University, and an Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She leads CMDS’ work related to technology and civil society and was previously executive director of the Center.


Roni Dorot is a researcher for CMDS within the project Media Influence Matrix. She received her PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence, and holds a MA in Public Policy from Tel-Aviv University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center of Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery, at the School of Public Policy, CEU. Her previous research analyzed the governmental outcomes of Israeli municipalities from a comparative perspective. She is a recipient of the Sapir Price for municipal studies (in Israel), the Istituto Italiano di Cultura scholarship and the EUI excellence fellowship. She is the author of ‘Documania’ blog at Haaretz newspaper.

Program Coordinator

 Mihaela works as program coordinator for the Center for Media, Data and Society at CEU, where she coordinates international and EU funded projects on media capture and literacy, declining trust in journalism and cross border investigative journalism. Between 2017 and 2020 she was a co

Project Officer

Dumitrița works for CEU Democracy Institute's Center for Media, Data and Society's (CMDS) as a Project Officer for the Journalism Breakthroughs and Media Influence Matrix projects. Previously she has been working for the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest, Romania where she managed projects on media freedoms, journalism and hate speech. She conducted research in funding, disinformation and media representation in the past. She is also a podcast enthusiast. She created podcasts for the Central European University, the New Books Network and Radio Civic Sfântu Gheorghe, a community radio based in the Danube Delta in Romania. Together with Ian M. Cook she initiated a podcasting program at CEU, which resulted in building the first podcasting studio at the university, a Podcast Library and podcasting and sound studies courses introduced for students, staff and faculty. She holds an MA degree from CEU’s Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology.

Outreach Coordinator

Robert works as Communications and Outreach Officer for the Democracy Institute, Editor of the Review of Democracy, and Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Media, Data and Society. He is also a guest lecturer at the Department of Media and Communications at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest. Prior to joining CEU, he had a 15-year-long career in journalism, focusing mostly on covering international news. He worked for different Hungarian TV stations and online media outlets in various positions ranging from journalist to senior editor and news producer. He also served as Content Project Manager for the European Maccabi Games 2019. Previously, he graduated in History and in Media Studies at ELTE , then obtained an MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology at CEU.


Tom Popper is a journalist with 30 years of experience, including close to 10 years editing for daily newspapers in the United States and extensive work for business, policy and travel publications in Europe. Since the early 1990s, he has been head editor of several English-language publications produced in Hungary, including Budapest Week, Time Out Budapest and the Budapest Business Journal.