The nonprofit Center for Monitoring, Analysis, and Strategy (CeMAS) consolidates years of interdisciplinary expertise on the topics of conspiracy ideologies, disinformation, antisemitism, and right-wing extremism. CeMAS addresses current developments in the above-mentioned fields through systematic monitoring of central digital platforms and modern study designs in order to derive innovative analyses and recommendations for action. Furthermore, CeMAS advises decision makers from civil society, media and politics.
CeMAS mission is to equip society to actively counter conspiracy ideologies, disinformation, antisemitism and right-wing extremism in context of current challenges and future crises. To this end, anti-democratic tendencies are detected and analyzed at an early stage. As a non-profit organization, CeMAS offers its analysis to various social actors to enable them to constructively meet the challenges facing society.
The Center for Monitoring, Analysis and Strategy defines itself as being at the interface of science, journalism and society. Recent events such as the global COVID 19 pandemic have shown the importance of integrating societal and scientific perspectives. Our monitoring and research work is a hands-on approach, combining scientific, journalistic, and civil society insights.
CeMAS uses an interdisciplinary approach combining psychological, cognitive linguistic, and social science perspectives with modern data science and investigative journalistic methods. As a result, there is a continuous exchange of insights from various perspectives, which find practical expression in the areas of monitoring, analysis, and consulting.
Monitoring & Research
Continuous Real Time Monitoring
Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)
Psychological studies on radicalization progression and current issues
Analysis & Theory
Routine monitoring reports on developments for key gatekeepers and politics, civil society, and media representatives
Evidence-based and theory-based quantitative and qualitative analysis of general trends
Psychological analysis of current phenomena
Consulting & Strategy
Evidence-based and theory-driven policy recommendations for societal gatekeepers and stakeholders
Strategic consulting for policy makers, authorities, media and social media platforms
A Better Internet is Possible — a Better World is Necessary
CeMAS conceives social process within online and offline spheres as interconnected, not as separate from each other. The increasing influence of online discourse on politics and society in the last decades demonstrated that phenomena of the digital spheres have off-line consequences, which in turn act back into the digital spheres.
CeMAS vision A Better Internet is Possible — a Better World is Necessary signifies developing strategies against conspiracy ideological, antisemitic and right-wing extremist incitement. This will enable us to actively counter these challenges at an early stage.
Scientific Advisory Board
A scientific advisory board has been established to provide quality assurance as well as professional and scientific advice to CeMAS, supporting the organization in developing its medium- and long-term objectives. The critical support provided by the advisory board also helps to ensure the high quality of CeMAS’ professional and scientific work over the long term. The board comprises the following members:
Prof. Dr. Christian Stöcker, communications scientist at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg)
Prof. Dr. Matthias Quent, sociologist at the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal) researching right-wing extremism
Ingrid Brodnig, writer and journalist with a focus on addressing disinformation and hate speech
Rocío Rocha Dietz, cognition scientist focusing on antisemitism
Benjamin Fischer, programme director at the Alfred Landecker Foundation focusing on Jewish life and digital resilience
Dr. Mirjam Jenny, scientific director of the Institute for Planetary Health Behaviour at the University of Erfurt with a focus on scientific communication