Jozef Michal Mintal

Jozef Michal Mintal


I am an assistant professor at the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations at Matej Bel University, Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Institute for Democracy at UMB and the Data & Society Lab. My research focuses on the role of information and communication technologies in political life, particularly on the security aspects of digital media and the emergent socio-technical dynamics of the cyberspace domain.

Besides various smaller projects, I am currently co-coordinating the 1.5 million € Horizon Europe project BRRIDGE, which aims to strengthen research capacities in the field of democracy and policy, and contribute to a deeper understanding of the current democratic disconnect that stems from changes in technologies, inequalities, culture and governance.

Overall, in my work, I strive to cross disciplinary boundaries as well as work together with people across sectors to create meaningful and impactful change for the benefit of society — for my work I was named on the Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.

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Education and Experience

I graduated from Matej Bel University and King’s College London, and hold an IBM-funded PhD in International Relations. In addition to my graduate training, I completed additional research training at Harvard University.

My academic experience, besides my current positions, includes an appointment at Central European University, where I held a fellowship at the Center for Media, Data and Society. In additon I also held visiting fellowips at the University of Vienna and ZYU in China. Since 2021, I am an elected member of the STAIR executive committee of the International Studies Association. My work has been supported by IBM, the European Union (Horizon Europe), and Open Society Foundations, among others. I have consulted for several international and national organizations including Meta Platforms Inc., Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia, and the Ministry of Defense of Slovakia. My research work has been cited by the European Parliament, and featured in national and european media.

Prior to academia, I worked in various NGOs in the fields of foreign and security policy, and innovation. I started in the student-led non-governmental organization Euro-Atlantic Center (EAC), first as a program coordinator and later as a program director. Later I co-founded the Central European Start-up Center, an NGO dedicated to the support and development of innovative business ideas in the regions of Slovakia. Besides my non-governmental experience I also had a half year stint at the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, where I worked in the Department for Horizontal Coordination as a Liaison officer for the UK.

Featured Publications

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(2022). Examining the Tech Stacks of Czech and Slovak Untrustworthy Websites. In Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies.

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(2021). Hide and Seek in Slovakia: Utilizing Tracking Code Data to Uncover Untrustworthy Website Networks. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

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(2019). (Un)Trendy Japan: Twitter bots and the 2017 Japanese general election. In Politics in Central Europe.

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(2019). Slovakia: Snake Oil Spills Onto the Web. Report. Center for Media, Data and Society at Central European University.