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Welcome to the International Media Concentration project, hosted by the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information



Media concentration is a controversial subject. One side focuses on media empires and their negative impacts. The other side believes the Internet as having opened media to unprecedented diversity. The goal of our project is to go beyond the rhetoric to an academic, empirical, dispassionate, and data-driven analysis of trends and their drivers. We have no agenda beyond understanding what is happening and why, and no preconceived notion as to the results. We are a collective of scholars from around the world who are inclined towards research rather than public argument.


Project Team

We seek to bring together scholars from about twenty countries. We will follow a basic common methodology for each country and a parallel work schedule. In the process we aim to create an international community of scholars. The international dimension is essential, since in every country there are special circumstances that may obscure the broader trends. 


The organizational structure of the project will be led by a scientific committee composed of three regional leaders:


Europe and Africa: Patrick Badillo, Dominque Bourgeois and Jean-Baptiste Lesourd, University de la Mediterranee, Marseille.


Western Hemisphere: Eli Noam, Columbia University. New York. Also chair of the committee (author, Media Ownership and Concentration in America, Oxford, forthcoming). Joost van Dreunen, Columbia University, New York.


Asia and Oceania: Koichiro HayashiVice President and Professor, Institute of Information Security, Tokyo; and Kiyoshi Nakamura, Waseda University.


More information on individual researchers can be found here.



We use a quantitative approach of first collecting data for each company in each of the selected industries. These data are then employed in a variety of calculations (C4, HHI and Noam-index) which are modeled after the U.S. Department of Justice's Anti-Trust guidelines. 


For a more detailed description of our methodological framework, please visit the Methodology section.



The time schedule would be a first draft by the December 2008; a second draft and conference in the early spring of 2009. A final manuscript by July 2009.

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