In this event, Andrew MacDonald discusses his work on a two-wave survey regarding online privacy conducted in China before and after the 2022 zero Covid lockdowns. The results of the survey strongly suggest that, despite all of the invasive government monitoring used to attempt to control the spread of Covid, respondents were generally supportive of government invasions of their privacy. These findings cast doubt on the long-term impact of the White Paper movement protests and connect to a larger body of literature on why surveys of Chinese citizens indicate high levels of trust in their government.


Andrew MacDonald is an Assistant Professor of  Social Science at Duke Kunshan University

William Hurst is Chong Hua Professor of Chinese Development and Deputy Director of the Centre for Geopolitics.



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