The CMCS collaborates with academic institutions, policy making bodies, and NGOs, as well as with distinguished academics and expert professionals individually, both internationally and in Hungary.
The CMCS has several key partners it collaborates with on a continuous basis or in long-term projects:
The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania produces and disseminates cutting-edge scholarly research, designed to advance the theoretical and empirical understanding of the role of communication, as well as applied research aimed at policy makers and citizens. Its Ph.D. program educates doctoral students in the theories, substance and methods of communication research, preparing them for leading academic and professional positions. Its liberal arts education helps undergraduates become better consumers and producers of public information, while preparing them for private and public-sector leadership positions.
The Center for Global Communications Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication provides students, academics, lawyers, regulators, civil society representatives and others with the opportunity to evaluate and discuss comparative media law and policy and global and international communications issues. The CGCS provides research opportunities for graduate students; organizes conferences and trainings; and provides consulting and advisory assistance to academic centers, governments, and NGOs. The CGCS aims to strengthen a network of international communications studies centers, which currently includes the CMCS, the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford, the Stanhope Centre in London, the Communication University of China, and strong partnerships in the Middle East. The Director of the CGCS, Monroe Price, is also the Chair of the CMCS.
The Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford's Centre of Socio-Legal Studies is a research and policy programme that brings together scholars, policymakers and practitioners to study contemporary issues in global media law and policy. It has a particular interest in understanding media and governance in transitioning and fragile states.
PCMLP explores the vast changes in media policy across the world from multiple disciplines - law, politics, international relations, economics and anthropology, among others. It does so through empirical research that is grounded in historical context and emerges from a dialogue between all those involved and affected. Its three primary activities are conducting academic and policy relevant research; supporting and developing its network; and offering academic training and support.
PCMLP runs an Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute on Global Media Policy every year, and CMCS provides a travel stipend to a strong CEU media stream student in the Department of Public Policy to attend it. CMCS and PCMLP are developing research proposals for comparative studies of transition in Eastern Europe, Latin America and West Africa. CMCS has also collaborated on a Global Media Law website and discussion list developed by PCMLP.
Internews is a U.S.-based international media development organization. Its mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard. Internews has worked in over 70 countries, and its activities include establishing and supporting media outlets, journalist associations, and broadcast networks; training media professionals; producing programming; providing media infrastructure such as production equipment to support independent media; and promoting fair media laws and policies. It also has special programs to improve reporting on the environment, humanitarian crises, public health and women’s issues. Through its programs, Internews improves the reach, quality, and sustainability of local media, enabling them to better serve the information needs of their communities.
The CMCS has developed a strong working relationship with Internews. The CMCS co-organized its 2011 and 2012 summer university courses together with Internews and the Annenberg School. The Center has hosted workshops for Internews around online free expression, and the future of media policy in the Middle East and North Africa. The CMCS is also participating in a collaborative research propject with Internews on the impact of international aid in media development, and it has received a grant to develop a Fellowship program with Internews Bosnia Herzegovina.
The CMCS played a core role in organising the CEU/Google conference Internet at Liberty 2010, a major event in Budapest which sought to address the complex issues facing the development of the Internet as a global, free and open space. The conference brought together hundreds of activists, bloggers and officials from the public and private sector to explore the often controversial policy issues of Internet communication. The collaboration with Google on this conference sparked further cooperation on other issues. Our 2011 summer university course on "Communication policy advocacy, technology, and online freedom of expression," which Google helped fund, drew faculty and students from Internet at Liberty 2010, and its curriculum grew from the issues outlined during the conference. At the May 2011 "Google Day" event in Budapest, CMCS Director Kate Coyer organized and moderated a break-out panel on “Education and the Internet.” Google OpenSource Office and Google China Developer Relations were among the sponsors of the workshop Transfabric - A para-sitic workshop on transnational D.I.Y., which the CMCS helped organize.
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media, and build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.
The Media Program at the OSF funded the CMCS study Hungarian Media Laws in Europe: An Assessment of the Consistency of Hungary’s Media Laws with European Practices and Norms, which was developed in consultation with the Media and Information Programs at the OSF. The CMCS also consulted with both programs in the development of the CEU/Google conference Internet at Liberty 2010. OSF program officers have been invited to speak in CMCS-led university courses at CEU, and the OSF funded student participation in our summer courses. CMCS is a partner of the website mediapolicy.org, a platform for research and information on global trends and changes in media policy hosted by the Media Program of the Open Society Foundation.
Magyar Telekom, the largest Hungarian telecommunications provider, has been an important partner to the CMCS since the Center was founded, as well as a direct contributor to CMCS and a contractual partner of CEU.
Magyar Telekom is an international telecommunications group, with Deutsche Telekom as a majority owner. The company has a leading position on the fixed line voice telephony, mobile, Internet and data communications markets in Hungary. Magyar Telekom has a strong history of promoting culture and education and has supported a range of initiatives for scientific education such as the University of All Knowledge (a lecture series of excellence) and the Centre for Technical Education and Research (MOKK) at the Budapest University of Technology.
CEU and Magyar Telekom have found common interests in promoting academic media-knowledge in partnership with some main American media and law departments. Magyar Telekom has provided financial support for the Media, Information and Communications stream at the Department of Public Policy, including scholarships for students. CMCS has given talks as part of workshops at Magyar Telekom, and the Center has collaborated with the Magyar Telekom-funded innovation lab Kitchen Budapest on several occasions. The CMCS conducted a research study for Magyar Telekom exploring the best practices of other such innovation labs: Comparing Media Labs Across Cultures, Industries and Organizational Boundaries: Case Studies of Six Media Labs in Europe, North America and Asia.
The Stanhope Centre, founded by Professor Monroe Price in 2002, was developed to provide a forum for open dialogue and scholarship related to media law and policy around the world. Stanhope is based at the London School of Economics (LSE) in London, UK. The Centre serves as a unique and flexible organization that connects talented students, scholars, activists and policy makers from across the globe to creatively and critically think about important communications policy issues.
The leading international law firm Arnold & Porter has agreed to support CMCS in its various activities in the field of media and communications policy. Arnold & Porter has a truly global spread and extensive experience in working across geographic, cultural, technological, and ideological borders. The firm provides first-class expertise in telecommunications, Internet and media regulation, and it has a strong record of community involvement and pro bono practice.