Influence Operations


Influence Operations

Operations that aim to change China’s global influence

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Data Projects:

GMFUS Hamilton 2.0 Dashboard
GMFUS Alliance for Securing Democracy’s Hamilton 2.0 dashboard provides a summary analysis of the narratives and topics promoted by Russian, Chinese, and Iranian government officials and state-funded media on Twitter, YouTube, state-sponsored news websites, and via official diplomatic statements at the United Nations.

GMFUS Authoritarian Interference Tracker 
The GMFUS Authoritarian Interference Tracker catalogues the Russian and Chinese governments’ activities to undermine democracy in more than 40 transatlantic countries since 2000 using five tools: information manipulation, cyber operations, malign finance, civil society subversion, and economic coercion.

AidData: China’s Public Diplomacy
AidData’s China Public Diplomacy is an interactive map that displays quantifiable data on China’s public diplomacy efforts from two of AidData’s reports: Ties That Bind and Influencing the Narrative. This includes metrics for five types of public diplomacy: financial, cultural, elite-to-elite, exchange, and informational.

Mapping Chinese Influence in Central Europe (MapInfluenCE) focuses on China’s influence in Central Europe, namely Czechia, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, and intersections with influence of other, authoritarian international actors. Analysis includes: media, social network, and parliamentary.

CSIS China Power Project
The CSIS China Power Project examines the evolving nature of Chinese power relative to other countries on five interrelated categories of Chinese power: military, economics, technology, social, and international image.

Papers and Reports:

Government Buildings in Africa Are a Likely Vector for Chinese Spying by Joshua Meservey, The Heritage Foundation (May 20, 2020).

Telling China’s Story: The Chinese Communist Party’s Campaign to Shape Global Narratives by Renee DiResta, Carly Miller, Vanessa Molter, John Pomfret, and Glenn Tiffert, Stanford Internet Observatory and Hoover Institution (July 21, 2020).

Detecting Digital Fingerprints: Tracing Chinese Disinformation in Taiwan by Nick Monaco, Melanie Smith, and Amy Studdart, Institute for the Future’s Digital Intelligence Lab, Graphika, and The International Republican Institute (August 25, 2020).

Beijing’s Global Megaphone by Sarah Cook, Freedom House (January 2020).


China Media Bulletin
Freedom House’s monthly China Media Bulletin provides insight on censorship, media freedom, and internet freedom issues related to the People’s Republic of China.

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