Course date

8 July - 19 July, 2013
15 March, 2013
The application deadline has expiredé no more applications will be reviewed.
Course Director(s): 

Susan Abbott

Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Kate Coyer

Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Monroe Price

Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, US / Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Collin D. Anderson

Independent Consultant

Joan Barata

Blanquerna Communications School, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain

Ellery Biddle

Global Voices Advocacy

Eric King

Privacy International, London, UK

Alexander Klimburg

Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Vienna, Austria

Smári McCarthy

International Modern Media Institute, Reykjavik, Iceland

Sameer Padania

Open Society Foundations, Media Programme, London, UK

Emma Prest

Tactical Technology Collective, Berlin, Germany

Andrei Richter

Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Moscow, Russia

Andrew Stroehlein

Human Rights Watch, New York, USA
Course Coordinator: 

Eva Bognar

Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University, Hungary

Laura Schwartz-Henderson

Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, USA

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 a free and open internet, and will highlight the potential of technology and online tools for mobilizing and organizing constituencies and for enhancing the security and privacy of advocates.

Participants will be exposed to a wide range of practical and theoretical views related to communication policy advocacy and online tools and tactics, and how to integrate research into communication policy advocacy.  The course will be run as a combination of conceptual and research-oriented sessions, in addition to hands-on work in developing advocacy campaigns and the latest developments in online tools for advocacy, security and privacy.  The course will feature a range of lectures, group discussions, hands-on practicums, time built in to the schedule for group work, as well as field trips within Budapest to meet with organizations engaged with work in this field, including multimedia innovation labs and hacktivist spaces.

In addition, the 2013 course will focus heavily on advocacy training, especially on offering interesting and timely skills based opportunities to learn about the latest techniques in video advocacy, data visualization, infographics, social media campaigns, writing of opinion editorials, and other key tools needed to run effective public policy campaigns.

As in years past, the course will also feature timely discussion on how internet law and policy affect media development, democratization, and rule of law development in developing and transitioning countries.  In this respect, the course will feature in-depth, comparative discussion on matters of internet governance and regulation featuring local, regional and international perspectives. The core focus of the course will be on developing local, in-country capacity for civil society organizations and academics who want to focus on internet governance issues. That said, there will be time allocated to discuss global and international trends and actors, i.e. the Internet Governance Forum, the International Telecommuncations Union involvement and interest in internet regulation, entitles like the  Global Network Initiative.

This course is intended for media policy advocates, PhD students, advanced MA students, activists, bloggers, policy makers, 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.