Kate Coyer

Senior Research Fellow
Visiting Professor

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Kate Coyer is a senior research fellow with the CEU Democracy Institute and visiting professor in the Department of Public Policy. She leads the Democracy Institute's current project to strengthen investigative journalism, and leads work related to technology and civil society. She has held a fellowship from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served as director of CEU's Center for Media and Communication Studies and then executive director of the Center for Media, Data, and Society. She holds a PhD and an MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Kate's research examines the intersection of technology and human rights with a focus on social media policy and practice. Her work aims at helping demystify the policy making process as it relates to both new and old technologies, as well as the role of civil society to make change happen. Kate's research looks the complexities of media, technology and politics, including misinformation and political communication, and supports digital rights advocacy, community media, and communication access for refugees. Her work and citations have been featured on NPR, BBC World Service, Washington Post, Al JazeeraWired, New Scientist, Business Insider, Mashable, and others. 

Kate is currenly priciple investigator for the DI's work in the Strengthening Quality News and Independent Journalism in Western Balkans and Türkiye II. As part of this project she will develop an accreditaion roadmap for MA level degree program(s) in investigative journalism. She previously directed the center's work on the Virtual Center of Excellence for Research in Violent Online Political Extremism (VOX-Pol), a five-year, 5.1 million EUR project supported by the European Commission. Her VOX-Pol research looked critically at the social media platforms inconsistent and problematic responses to extremism online and the complexities of the relationship between technology and free expression that lie at the intersection of global security and human rights.  She has been invited to present her findings to the UN Security Council, OSCE, European Union, Council of Europe, UNESCO, and elsewhere, and is active in ongoing efforts to push social media platforms and technology companies to improve their human rights performance and currently serves on the Real Facebook Oversight Board.

Previously, Kate launched the center’s work on Hungarian media laws in a European context, including a comparative study across EU members states cited by EU leaders, led the center's research initiatives to strengthen journalism in Central Eastern Europe, and has co-organized numerous workshops at CEU around digital rights with various project grants and EU funding, including a major international conference, Internet at Liberty. A media producer and communication rights advocate, Kate has helped build community radio stations worldwide with the Prometheus Radio Project. She serves as an advisor to the Community Media Forum Europe and sits on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Alternative Media and Communication.  

Her most recent publication is Soverereignty in a Digital Age co-authored with Richard Higgott. Partial list of previous publications includes     the Alternative Media Handbook, as well as chapters in Perspectives on Harmful SpeechExtreme Digital Speech: Contexts, Responses & SolutionsThe Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy (ed. Mansell and Raboy); Media Freedom and Pluralism (ed. Klimkiewicz); and Internews’ Community Media Sustainability Guide



PhD, Media and Communication, Goldsmiths College, University of London
MA, Transnational Communication and Global Media, Goldsmiths College, University of London
BA, Political Science, University of California at San Diego

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