Something happened in the 2016 US Presidential election. Figuring out what, exactly, is a task far above our pay-grade. Some things, however, are obvious to anyone who has been paying attention to the Former Soviet Union: Many of the communications tactics employed to sway and confuse US audiences were perfected in Ukraine. Faced with instrumentalized disinformation from domestic and foreign actors, the US and Europe have proven poorly equipped to deal with it.
QGS has been operating in the murky communications environment of the Former Soviet Union since 2004. Christine Quirk started actively engaging in disinformation and algorithmic targeting soon after the 2016 US election, including studying new methodologies to track and and measure audience engagement with disinformation sources. She is is currently involved in a large research project designed to study Russian disinformation, who is susceptible to it and how to counter it. Many of the lessons she's learning are applicable for her political and advocacy clients in US and Western and Eastern Europe.
Combined with the growing influence of kleptocratic economic and political interests, disinformation presents the greatest challenge to liberal democracy since World War II. Our knowledge of strateigc audience targeting along with our experience working in environments where disinformation has been used for years means that QGS can help you come up with strategy to respond to and inoculate your audiences.
It's a mistake to assume that conducting opinion research in China is an impossible assignment. It's true that sampling and data collection can be logistically complicated and expensive, and subject matter can be constrained by politics. However, QGS has conducted multiple qual and quant research projects in China on sensitive social issues, advocacy topics, corporate issues and B2B. Let us tell you how!