Our mission

The Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) is an independent media research and policy think tank that seeks to improve the quality of media policymaking and the state of independent media and journalism through research, knowledge sharing and financial support.

The CMDS was founded in 2004 as the Center for Media and Communication Studies, an independent research center of Central European University (CEU). Since 2021, the Center has been affiliated also with the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) in Spain. Following a series of changes in its affiliation and operations, the center in 2021 moved its main office to Santiago de Compostela, Spain from where it runs its research and media development projects across more than 50 countries.

The legacy CMDS website hosting its work since 2004 has been archived on the CEU website.