The ECPMF’s NEWSOCRACY event is devoted to discuss media ownership as a topic affecting many European countries, enabling us to assess if and to what extent conflicts of interest may undermine the independence of the information we consume. The NEWSOCRACY event in Prague focuses on new forms of media owners as well as on implications of media ownership concentration on local/regional journalism. Through hands-on knowledge exchange we aim to come up with constructive approaches to promote media plurality.
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Agnes Urban

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Associate professor and chair of the Infocommunications Department at the Corvinus University of Budapest (BCE). Agnes received her Master’s Degree from BCE in 1998, and followed up with a PhD degree that was awarded a grade of summa cum laude in 2006. She is an instructor of the subjects Media Economics and Media and Audience Research. Dr. Urbán’s main research areas are changes in media business models, trends in media consumption patterns, the evolution of the Hungarian media market and the analysis of policy issues concerning media markets. She was involved in the Impact of the Internet on the Mass Media COST A20 and the Participation in the Broadband Society COST298 pan-European research programmes. Dr. Urbán is the author of some 40 Hungarian and English-language international publications in the fields of media and infocommunications. Her publications include books, book chapters, journal articles and conference presentations.