【Workshop】 Social media data and public health research

  • 2015-09-21
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Data:2015/10/16 (Friday) 12:10-13:20
Place:CPH Room 601
Speaker:King-Wa Fu (Associate Professor) Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong

There is an emerging trend in utilizing social media data for social and health research. Many previous studies have been done on predicting disease outbreak using Internet data but most are not very successful. But making social media as health communications and surveillance tools is relatively under-researched. In this talk, drawing on examples from my collaboration with a team of international researchers, I will address issues such as social media users’ reaction to outbreaks (e.g., MERS-CoV, H7N9 and Ebola), their reaction to health promotion campaigns (e.g., Global Handwashing Day), as well as the identification of themes in social media content about infectious diseases. I will also outline the potential of using computational methods in the social media analysis. Last, I will introduce our on-going project with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.