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Dr. JC Boucher will explore the relationship between international and domestic information environments with respect to COVID-19

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With friends like these… COVID-19 antivaccine narratives and misinformation in Canadian social media environment.

In this presentation, Dr. Boucher will explore the relationship between international and domestic information environments with respect to COVID-19 conversations on social media in Canada between November 2020 and August 2021. In what respect does international narrative influence Canadian discourse around COVID vaccination, and if so, how these narratives arrive, and subsequently spread, in the Canadian information landscape? He and his team collected more than 1 million tweets published in Canada in French and English and analyzed this data using a combination of social network analysis and deep-learning application to natural language processing. Dr. Boucher will discuss his research findings.

About Dr. Boucher

Jean-Christophe Boucher is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. Dr. Boucher is a co-lead of the Canadian Network on Information and Security, funded by the Department of National Defence; director of research in civil-military relations at the Canadian Defence and Security Network funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. He specializes in international relations, with an emphasis on Canadian foreign and defence policies, international security, and methodology. He is the author, with Kim Richard Nossal, of The Politics of War. Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan, 2001-14, and of many peer reviewed chapters. He has published in academic journals Journal of Politics, International Journal, Études Internationales, American Review of Canadian Studies.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 12pm-1pm MST

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