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 a human rights activist, social entrepreneur, and geographer. His research is focused on the current and historical relationship between space, technology, and the state as well as the broader psycho-political and psycho-social impacts of technology.

Senior Program Officer and Researcher

Éva Bognár is Senior Program Officer and Researcher at CMDS. Éva has been with the Center since 2006. As Project research officer of the three-year European collaborative research project "Civicweb - Young people, the Internet and Civic Participation", funded by the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme, Éva ran the project with research assistant Judit Szakács between 2006 and 2009. She has been managing projects and events (public lectures, workshops, conferences and the annual summer school) for the Center. 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 research and editorial manager of the Ranking Digital Rights project and a resident research fellow at CMDS.

Director of the Civil Society and Technology Project

Kate Coyer is Director of the Civil Society and Technology Project for the Center for Media, Data and Society  in the School of Public Policy at CEU. Her research examines the complexities of media practice and policy; digital rights advocacy and the social uses of technologies; media development and communication for social change; the opportunities and challenges of emerging technologies as well as the resilience of ‘old’ mediums like radio.

Program Coordinator

Dumitrita Holdis works as a Program Coordinator for CMDS. She previously worked in a similar position for the Food and Agricultural Organization - Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia in Budapest. She holds a BA in Sociology from the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and a MA degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University. She has worked and lived in Romania, Hungary, France and Turkey. Her professional background is in project management and administration and her educational background is in sociology and social research.

Kristina Irion is Associate Professor (on research leave) at the School of Public Policy. She is presently at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. Her research covers law, regulation and public policy in the field of electronic communications, online content and services as well as privacy and data protection. She is intrigued by the combined effects of individual online transactions and commercial surveillance on society and information governance.

Progam Assistant for Outreach

Anna works as Program Assistant for Outreach at CMDS, and as Program Coordinator of CEU's Visual Studies Platform. She is an experienced PR and Communications expert with a strong background in journalism, marketing communication and CSR, and a passion for copywriting, culture and digital media. She studied English and Comparative Literature at Eötvös Loránd University, specializing in modern British and post-colonial literature and gender studies. Prior to joining CEU she has worked as an editor and journalist at Pesti Est and as a Communications Associate at Egis Pharmaceuticals PLC.

Sejal Parmar is Assistant Professor of Law at the Department of Legal Studies and a core faculty member of the Center on Media, Data and Society at the School of Public Policy at CEU. She is currently on leave from CEU while serving as Senior Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. Her main field of expertise and research is international and European human rights law, particularly on freedom of expression.

Core Faculty Member at the School of Public Policy

Sahana Udupa is a communications scholar and social anthropologist with research and teaching interests in journalism cultures, digital media politics, religion, global urbanization, and media policy. She joined SPP as associate professor in journalism and media studies in August 2016. Previously, she was Research Fellow and currently a Senior Research Partner at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany.


Joost van Beek has been a researcher at CMDS since September 2009. Previously, he worked at the EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program (EUMAP) of the Open Society Institute, and Mira Media, a Dutch NGO that promotes the representation of minorities in the media.Currently, Joost is a researcher for the project "CAPTCHA – Creative Approaches to Living Cultural Archives". He was also co-author of the Hungary country report for the Internet Freedom Report 2014, which was published in March 2015 by Transitions (TOL) and PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society).