Team

Director
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, Central European University, a human rights defender, and co-founder of AccessNow, one of the largest international human rights organizations dedicated to defending human rights in the digital age and 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 CMDS. Éva has been with the Center 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, 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.
Researcher
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 CMDS. She previously worked for Open Society Archives and CEU, mainly as a researcher for the Horizon 2020 project (Urban Nature Atlas), directed at limiting the impact of climate change and improving the quality of life in Europe’s urban areas. A Jewish history major, with a deep interest in human rights and fair civil representation of vulnerable groups, Mihaela volunteered with different organizations in Budapest, such as Centropa, Kocsis Szallo or Human Rights Initiative. 

Researcher
Dumitrita works for CMDS's Media Influence Matrix – Romania case study as a researcher. Previously she has been managing the “Sound Relations” project together with Ian M. Cook, while teaching courses and conducting research on academic podcasting. She has previously done research on media representation, migration, and labour integration. She holds a BA in Sociology from the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and a MA degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from CEU. She also has professional background in project management and administration. She has worked and lived in Romania, Hungary, France and Turkey.
Outreach Coordinator

Robert works as the Outreach Coordinator for CMDS. Prior to joining the Center, 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. Previously, he graduated in History and in Media Studies at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest, then he obtained an MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology at CEU.

Core Faculty Member
Sejal Parmar is Assistant Professor of Law at the Department of Legal Studies, a core faculty member of the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) and a Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy. Her main field of research, policy engagement and teaching is international and European human rights law, with a particular focus on freedom of expression and media freedom.
Editor

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.