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The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) is dedicated to improving U.S. efforts to promote independent media in developing countries around the world.

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Who we are:

The Center for International Media Assistance is a research and knowledge platform that aims to improve the effectiveness of media development around the world.

What we do:

The Center provides information, builds networks, conducts research, and highlights the indispensable role media play in the creation and development of sustainable democracies.

CIMA convenes donors, implementers, academics, journalists and other stakeholders in the media development community. Housed at the National Endowment for Democracy, CIMA coordinates working groups and discussions, and commissions reports and commentary on critical issues to the field.

RUSSIA’S INTERNET CRACKDOWN

As part of Russia’s authoritarian turn following Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency in May 2012, the Kremlin has launched an unprecedented crackdown on the Russian Internet.

PROMOTING ACCESS TO ICTS IN AFRICA: ENHANCING POLICY REFORMS AND STRENGTHENING MOVEMENT-BUILDING

Information communication technologies (ICTs) present many opportunities for building participatory and inclusive societies. They enable activists to create social platforms through which to mobilize, build campaigns, raise awareness, promote transparency, hold governments accountable, and facilitate decision-making.

A BOLD INVESTMENT FUND TO CREATE INDEPENDENT MEDIA MARKETS AND FREE INFORMATION IN EASTERN EUROPE

The United States and likeminded countries that advocate liberal democracy have a historic opportunity to establish a robust, long-term media investment fund to stimulate new markets, create new ownership, especially of emerging and new media, and promote innovative technologies.

Media as a Form of Aid in Humanitarian Crises

As the humanitarian crises following the Arab spring enter their sixth year, the media coverage of war, displacement, and migration in the Middle East and North Africa tragically have become all too familiar. For mainstream media, the millions of people whose lives have been upended are mostly data points, illustrations of the misery and upheaval that have swept across Syria, Yemen, Gaza, Iraq, and many places between. Yet for those who are caught in the crises, and plagued not only by insecurity and uncertainty but a lack of information, relatively little is available to help them make informed decisions for their own survival.

Is it time for an Algorithm Ombudsman?

Given the power of algorithms in shaping our information ecosystem perhaps as well as their clear imperfections, perhaps it is time for social media companies to think about creating the position of “Algorithm Ombudsman” – an outsider who would be given privileged access to a company’s algorithm in order to ensure that the public good was being taken into account.

Colombia's Peace Process: How can the Press Contribute?

Bold journalists are covering stories that in the past editors might have suppressed out of fear of upsetting those in power. In an effort to promote freedom of information and expression, new media is strengthening democratic institutions and promoting peace.

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