Queensland COVID-19 research

This page of Queensland’s research related to the COVID-19 pandemic is compiled from information provided by Queensland universities and research institutes.

While many of our researchers are working on potential vaccines, treatments and other medical interventions, other researchers are applying their expertise to other impacts of the pandemic upon our economy and other aspects of society. The data includes immediate research activity, recent relevant work, proposed research (subject to available funds) and other responses using the resources and expertise of our research organisations.

Listing 3 matching responses out of 121 total responses.

  • First 100 days of COVID-19 - Australian Twitter users' concerns mapped June 2020

    Twitter users were well ahead of the authorities in calling for shutdown of large sporting events, mass gatherings and schools, according to analysis of the 2.8 million tweets mentioning coronavirus during the first 100 days of COVID-19 on the Australian Twittersphere undertaken by team led by A/Prof. Daniel Angus from the Institute for Future Environments's Digital Observatory. Twitter users turned to medical experts for information while governments discussed measures. “In early to mid-March Twitter users began putting pressure on authorities to shut down non-essential gatherings with tweets containing #coronavirus, the leading hashtag followed by #covid19, and the third most common hashtag at this time was #auspol, long used for political discussion” A/Prof Angus said. A/Prof Angus continued “When the story of this pandemic is written historians will have an unprecedented amount of as-it-happened data from social media.”

    #Social Media

    Centre

    Institute for Future Environments
    Queensland University of Technology

    Contact details
    A/Prof Daniel Angus
    Associate Professor in Digital Communication
    daniel.angus@qut.edu.au
    +61 7 3138 8160
    Collaborations
    Collaborators: Visualisation and eResearch
  • Like a Virus: The Coordinated Spread of Coronavirus Disinformation June 2020

    This report for the Centre for Responsible Technology at the Australia Institute by Dr. Timothy Graham and co-researcher at the QUT Digital Media Research Centre presents analysis of over 25.5 million tweets over 10 days identifies 5,752 accounts that coordinated 6,559 times to spread mis- and disinformation regarding the coronavirus for either commercial or political purposes. Almost all politically motivated activity promoted right wing governments or parties. Coordinated spreading of the China bioweapon conspiracy theory is estimated to have made over 5 million impressions on Twitter users, spread by mainly pro-Trump, partisan conservative and/or QAnon accounts.

    #Social Media

    Centre

    Digital Media Research Centre
    Queensland University of Technology

    Contact details
    Dr. Timothy Graham
    Senior Lecturer
    timothy.graham@qut.edu.au
    +61 7 3138 8187
    Collaborations
    • Co-researchers:
    • Prof. Axel Bruns
    • Guangnam Zhu - Digital Media Research Centre
    • Rod Campbell - The Australia Institute
  • ‘Corona? 5G? Or Both?’: The Dynamics of COVID-19/5G Conspiracy Theories on Facebook August 2020

    Focussing in detail on one key component of the infodemic surrounding COVID-19, Prof. Axel Bruns from the QUT Digital Media Research Centre and co-researchers traced the dissemination dynamics of rumours that the pandemic outbreak was somehow related to the rollout of 5G mobile telephony technology in Wuhan and around the world. The research draws on a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods including time-series analysis, network analysis and in-depth close reading. The indepth tracing of COVID-related mis- and disinformation across social networks offers important new insights into the dynamics of online information dissemination and points to opportunities to slow and stop the spread of false information, or at least to combat it more directly with accurate counterinformation.

    #Social Media

    Centre

    Digital Media Research Centre
    Queensland University of Technology

    Contact details
    Prof. Axel Bruns
    Program Leader - Digital Publics
    a.bruns@qut.edu.au
    +61 7 3138 5548
    Collaborations

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Key Australian COVID-19 initiatives

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Key international COVID-19 initiatives

CORD-19 (COVID-19 Open Research Dataset)
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