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CEU Summer University Course: Communication Policy Advocacy, Technology, and Online Freedom of Expression: A Toolkit for Media Development

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 01:00

The Iran Media Program has funding for one or two participants to attend the Center for Media and Communication Studies and the Department of Public Policy, Central European University's CEU Summer University Course: Communication Policy Advocacy, Technology, and Online Freedom of Expression: A Toolkit for Media Development


June 17-29, 2012

The Center for Media and Communication Studies, along with the Annenberg School for Communication, Internews, and the Center for Democracy and Technology, will convene a two-week summer intensive program at CEU. The theme of this year’s course is around communication and media policy advocacy. In order for the course to be successful, it requires a globally diverse group with a range of background and experiences.

Course description and background:
The events in Egypt and Tunisia, as well as changing internet and cybersecurity policy regimes in European countries like Hungary and Britain, remind us that the development of the internet as a global, free and open resource stands at a perpetual crossroads. The dynamic and decentralized nature of digital forms of media and communications continually offers new avenues for open communication and free expression as well as new challenges and threats. The strategic use of digital technologies and information tools with the goal of empowering civil society and building capacity for an open society is critical. And at the same time, traditional media continues to play a vital role in communication, especially during times of crisis and conflict. The issue of free and open communications is not only relevant in the case of repressive regimes and transitional democracies, but is remains crucial across all layers of socio-politics. The complexities of the relationship between technology, free expression, privacy and policy lie at the heart of the relationship between global security and human rights.

This intensive summer course is designed to help both researchers and activists gain new insights into the role which civil society can play in advocating for free expression and communication policy change, and will highlight the opportunities and challenges of technologies and online tools for mobilizing and organizing constituencies and for enhancing the security and privacy of advocates. During the course, we will explore a wide range of practical and theoretical views related to communication policy advocacy and online tools and tactics, and how to integrate research into these fields. The course will include hands-on work in developing advocacy campaigns and seek to cover some of latest developments in online tools for advocacy, security, privacy and crowd-sourcing. We will also look at Internet governance issues and online free expression policies.

Course Participants:
This course is intended for practitioners, policy makers, media policy advocates, PhD students, advanced MA students, and media development professionals (drawing from government, civil society/NGOs, foundations), journalists and other media practitioners with a demonstrated interest in new media and technology and communication policy advocacy.

TO APPLY: Send CV and statement of interest to