Open Intelligence Lab or OILab is an Amsterdam-based collective of interdisciplinary scholars scrutinising online political subcultures on the fringe and lesser-researched corners of the Web. It does so by conducting empirical research based on digital methods as well as qualitative theoretical research. Through combining both, OILab follows the provocation that data is the new oil in order to make sense of new political currents in the digital sphere. The results are usually papers and public appearances, but also take the form of more artistic projects. For write-ups of shorter projects, we also maintain a blog.
latest blog posts
[publication] “Trump Shit Goes into Overdrive”: Tracing Trump on 4chan/pol/
Sal Hagen published an article in M/C Journal, concerning research into anonymous online forums and how the word ‘trump’ changed on 4chan/pol/ over time. Read the text here. The text first advocates for anti-structuralist methods when researching dissimulative/anonymous online groups, which sidestep reliance on vague structuralist notions like “alt-right” or “Anonymous” in favour of objective, […]
[publication] “‘Teh Internet is Serious Business’: On the Deep Vernacular Web Imaginary and its Discontents”
Daniël de Zeeuw and Marc Tuters published an article in Cultural Politics on the “Deep Vernacular Web”, deconstructing unique “mask culture” of anonymous forums and imageboards.
[publication] Generally Curious: Thematically Distinct Datasets of General Threads on 4chan/pol/
Emilija Jokubauskaite and Stijn Peeters presented a dataset paper at the (virtual) proceedings of the AAAI ICWSM 2020 conference. They extracted different “general threads” from 4chan’s /pol/ board as a way to identify various issue publics from the space. Read the paper here. Abstract Over the second half of the 2010s, the /pol/ (‘politically incorrect’) […]
Marc Tuters on #ObamaGate in The Conversation
Marc Tuters wrote a short article on #ObamaGate for @ConversationUK, together with Peter Knight. Read it here. .
OILab @ King’s College London: “Memes: The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism?”
On Friday 15 May 2020, Marc Tuters, Sal Hagen, Stijn Peeters, Emillie de Keulenaar, and Daniël de Zeeuw of OILab took part in a virtual conference conference hosted by King’s College London’s Centre for Digital Culture. Titled “Memes: The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism”, the conference features the following OILab talks: 10:47 – Introduction by […]
How conspiracy theories spread online – Marc Tuters in The Conversation
Marc Tuters published a blog post on The Conversation touching on the spread of online conspiracies, algorithms, and fringe subcultures. The text provides an overview of current literature as well as a range of his and OILab’s work. Read the article here.