Pre-print, AEMI Journal (no. 19-20)

This article argues that, since the COVID-19 outbreak, ‘digital diasporas’ worldwide may have been shaped through stringent postpandemic societal pressing patterns by increasingly further exposing diasporic citizens’ digital rights unwittingly towards unprecedented technopolitical risks. Against this backdrop, this article poses a novel term entitled ‘Hyperconnected Diasporas’ by suggesting (i) a technopolitical wake up call for regional governments worldwide when dealing with paradiplomacy and diaspora engagement initiatives and (ii) a necessary critical standpoint on the understanding and use of extractivist and pervasively hegemonic social media platforms that clearly alter diasporic citizens’ data privacy, ethics, and ownership.