CGCS, like the Annenberg School in general, seeks to narrow the gap between the theoretical and the applied, bringing academic research to bear on real-world policy concerns. CGCS’s projects address a variety of research/topical areas, reflecting the interests of Annenberg faculty and students as well as current policy discussions. Please see below for CGCS’s past projects. CGCS remains engaged in policy and academic work on the following subjects.

ICTs, Statebuilding, & Peacebuilding in Eastern Africa

This project seeks to bring greater clarity about the expectations and the realities of the use of communication technologies in developing contexts. In media and development theory, policy and practice, however, strong normative statements about the transformative power of ICTs have often clouded the understanding of how people and communities actually make sense of, and engage with, the old and new communication technologies that surround them.

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UNESCO: Fostering Freedom Online: The Roles, Challenges and Obstacles of Internet Intermediaries

Funded by the Open Society Foundations and the Internet Society for publication by UNESCO, this project is producing a report featuring case studies that examine a different type of intermediary across multiple companies and jurisdictions: 1) search engines and portals; 2) social networking services; and 3) ISPs and telecommunications services. Led by Rebecca MacKinnon , the project’s partners include: the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India; Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University; Free Expression Associates, Kenya; Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Germany; the Rio Institute for Technology and Society, Brasil; and distinguished independent scholars in China, Egypt, the Netherlands, and Russia. Click here for the full publication. Featured Photo:  Some rights reserved by juhansonin

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Cartography of Iran’s Online Publics

The goal of the project is collecting empirical evidence that helps us to achieve a high resolution image of public online environments in Iran. This project does not have a platform centering approach. It aims to include a variety of platforms which are used for public communication emphasizing the ecology created by the new ICTs.

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Strengthening Independent Media Project in Bosnia

The Strengthening Independent Media (SIM) Project in Bosnia, funded by USAID and undertaken in collaboration with Internews, aims to strengthen a professional media sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, through the training of media lawyers and media law scholars. CGCS supports the legal and regulatory component of the project, which seeks to improve state regulatory bodies and self-regulation of traditional media.

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Rwanda Reconciliation Radio as Prototype (Radio La Benevolencija)- Spring & Summer 2013

This evaluation seeks to better understand the impact of an edu-tainment intervention (a radio soap drama) on knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors in Rwanda, Burundi, and the DRC with regard to inter-ethnic violence, respect, and forgiveness. The evaluation interrogates 1) the capacity of their radio dramas and other interventions to effect change, and 2) the feasibility of adapting their methodology to other countries / contexts.

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