Kate Coyer serves as Director of the Civil Society and Technology Project for the Center for Media, Data and Society in the School of Public Policy at Central European University (CEU), and is an Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Kate holds a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London and held a post-doctoral research fellowship with the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She has taught master and undergraduate level courses at CEU, Goldsmiths College, and UPenn.
Her research examines the use of new and old technologies for social change and the impacts on human rights and freedom of expression, as well as social media company policy and practice, the complexities of media and politics, and community media and alternative communications. A longtime radio producer and organizer, her work supports digital rights advocacy, community media, and communication access for refugees. Her work and citations have been featured on NPR, BBC, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, New Scientist, Wired, Business Insider, and others.
Currently, Kate leads the Center's work on the Virtual Center of Excellence for Research in Violent Online Political Extremism (VOX-Pol), a five-year project supported by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme Network lead by Dublin City University. Her work in the project is to assess the role of social media platforms in responding to extremism online and the complexities of the relationship between technology, free expression that lie at the intersection of global security and human rights.
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. Kate co-organizes the Center Media, Data and Society’s annual flagship summer institute, launched the Center’s work on Hungarian media laws in a European context, and has co-organized many workshops at CEU around digital rights with project grants and European Union funding, including a major international conference Internet at Liberty.
A partial list of publications include the Alternative Media Handbook, a recent essay on harmful speech in a Berkman Klein Center collection, as well as chapters in The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy (ed. Mansell and Raboy); Media Freedom and Pluralism (ed. Klimkiewicz); and Internews’ Community Media Sustainability Guide.
(photo credit: Sara M. Watson)