Mag. Marios Nottas is an education scholar/activist in Journalism and Technology. He studied Sociology, Economics and Communication Science (broadcasting) at Boston University. In the context of his collaboration with ‘Athena’ Research Center’s Communication Science Lab (2003-2009) and the Austrian public university UWK (former DUK), he is the head of the interdisciplinary postgraduate programs “Communication and Emerging Technologies”, which lead to Master of Arts degrees. The programmes are offered by the European Communication Institute (eci-org.eu), which is a synergy between public European research institutions and higher education institutions. Mario Nottas serves ECI as an executive member of the Board of Directors.
ECI is based in Vienna and is a Synergy of public entities from Greece and Austria. Part of its mission is to deepen and improve the quality of European integration at the level of citizens. It pursues it through Technology and Quality Journalism, while offering Postgraduate Communication Studies to citizens and professionals in the fields of communication and social sciences. MN has been teaching topics related to privacy and new technologies since the Institute’s founding in 2006. Taking a critical stance against the unconditional culture of social media, as a public speaker he focuses on Communication, Political Science and Citizens’ Rights, in an area recently invented by ECI, namely Citizen Literacy.