This Working Group plans to conduct computational analyses of China’s Public Diplomacy Operations on Twitter in reframing public health discourses on COVID-19. This involves mapping out the information networks and content of diplomats, state-owned English news outlets, and state-mobilized anonymous influencers. The work complements the existing fact-checking-oriented approaches to the “infodemic” by refocusing on the geopolitical origin of public health discourses.
Mapping China’s Public Diplomacy Operations on Twitter during the COVID-19 Crisis
Working Group Lead
Weiai (Wayne) Xu, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Working Group Members
Kadir Jun Ayhan, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Miao Feng, National Opinion Research Center
Celine Yunya Song, Hong Kong Baptist University
Rui Wang, Boston University
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