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HKBU joint research wins the Best Faculty Article Award from Chinese Communication Association


An transdisciplinary team of researchers from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), Arizona State University has received the Best Faculty Article Award from the Chinese Communication Association (CCA) for their article titled “Curbing profanity online: A network-based diffusion analysis of profane speech on Chinese social media”.

The study was conducted in a joint collaboration by Dr Céline Yunya Song from the Department of Journalism, HKBU, Dr. K. Hazel Kwon from Arizona State University, and Prof Jianliang Xu, Dr Xin Huang and alumna Shiying Li from the Department of Computer Science, HKBU. The research applied innovative computational methods to examine the network diffusion processes of profanity in Sina Weibo. One of their nominators, Professor Mike Yao, Head of the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising in the College of Media at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign said the study “fills a gap in current knowledge about cyber incivility by systematically examining its propagation process at the network level.” 


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[Source: HKBU Research]