CMCS offers trainings to policy-makers, regulators, journalists, media managers, and NGOs. The Center also participates in international consultancy projects and provides expert advisory input, which has included work for the European Commission, Council of Europe, World Bank Institute, OSCE, UN, Community Media Forum Europe, and on issues such as self-regulation, freedom of expression, the impact of digitalization on local media, and media pluralism.
As part of long-running partnerships, the Center has organized workshops and presentations for the Hungarian telecommunications corporation Magyar Telekom and the National Communications Authority of Hungary (NCAH). It also organized an Infocommunication workshop series organised in cooperation with PRK Partners Law Office Budapest, the Research Center of Information Technology and Communication Law Studies of the Faculty of Law of the University of Pécs.
The CMCS provides policy advisory, legislative analysis, consultation and expert testimonies to international, European and Hungarian institutions.
Assistant Professor Kristina Irion regularly consults on European media policy and privacy issues. Recently, she served as an expert to the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) in a joint Privacy & Trust scenario assessment on Emerging social networking applications and technologies. She was a consultant of the OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy (WPISP) for its 2011 background report The Protection of Children Online: Risks Faced By Children Online and Policies to Protect Them.
Further in the past, Kristina was commissioned by the Kyrgiz public foundation Civil Initiative on Internet Policy to provide her expertise on international standards on data protection for a legal assessment of the Kyrgyz Law on Personal Information, which was submitted in February 2009.
CMCS Director Kate Coyer regularly consults on media pluralism, community media policy and media development, most recently for the World Association of Community Broadcasters, Internews Network, and the UN Representative for Freedom of Expression. She also served as a consultant for the Council of Europe at its roundtable "Possible solutions for signal distribution of local TV and radio” in Kiev, Ukraine, April 2009.
Senior Research Fellow Peter Molnar has provided advisory on a number of issues regarding media legislation, freedom of expression and 'hate speech', for example to the civic action group One Million for the Freedom of the Press in Hungary. He initiated action with the Ombudsman for National and Ethnic Minorities in regard to an anti-Roma broadcast in Hungary, and worked on a draft law on classified data, which pushed for the application of internationally recognized principles and the replacement of lingering restrictions to freedom of information. A Member of Parliament at the time, he was among the original drafters of the 1996 Law on Radio and Television.
Collaboration with National Communications Authority of Hungary (NCAH)
The NCAH commissioned the CMCS to conduct a comparative study on consumer empowerment policies in communications services. The 2009 study examined the existing initiatives of the national telecoms regulation bodies of 14 European countries and presented a range of best practice models.
The CMCS and the NCAH also collaborated in an executive training program. On 26-30 January 2009, CMCS conducted an Executive Training on 'Advanced Policies and Regulation of Electronic Communications Networks and Services' to staff of the NCAH and colleagues from the Hungarian Competition Authority.
CMCS has organised or contributed to a range of training programs and workshops for media outlets, journalists and managers. It was involved in:
- The Regional Media Support Program of the Russian Federation, aimed at enhancing the professional and managerial capacities of media outlets through training workshops and conferences;
- The Media Assistance Project, funded by the Department For International Development (DFID) of the UK Government, which worked to provide education and training for journalists and media managers, and develop democratic legal and regulatory frameworks;
- Training programs for journalists on minority issues in the media; racial and gender equity programs; and policy, regulation and analysis of innovation and e-governance.