The Open Intelligence Lab (OILab) is an Amsterdam-based collective of interdisciplinary researchers. Its efforts concern the scrutiny of (new) political cultures on digital platforms. It attempts to do so by conducting both empirical research, based on digital methods, as well as qualitative research into the history of political thought and the cultural manifestation of political movements. Through combining both ends, the results are often academic in nature, but can also be somewhat artistic. Since data is the new oil, OILab strives to ‘extract’ this source to make sense of new forms of politics in the digital sphere.
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Marc Tuters in Nieuwsuur
Marc Tuters was interviewed for a report by the Dutch news programme Nieuwsuur, talking about fringe Internet platforms. Watch the item here:
Marc Tuters’s lecture at De Balie (Amsterdam): “The Spaces of the European Far-Right”
Marc Tuters spoke at the event “The Spaces of the European Far-Right” at de De Balie in Amsterdam yesteday. In his talk, Marc discusses 4chan, Kekistan, and populism. Rewatch the event here or in the video below. Marc’s talk starts around 36:42.
Emillie de Keulenaar at Impakt Festival’s ‘War on Facts’ Panel
In conjunction with the exhibition Truth That Lies, Impakt Festival has organised a panel around the topics of misinformation, alternative facts, fake news and information manipulation where Florian Cramer, Tomislav Medak and Emillie de Keulenaar were present as speakers. Social media sites and search engines are the key ingredients of the change from the manipulative form of propaganda […]
OILab at Interface Politics’s conference, ‘After Post-Truth’
In early December 2018, BAU (Design College of Barcelona) and GREDITS (in collaboration with Artnodes, HANGAR and Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Arts) organised their second ‘Interface Politics’ conference, this time focusing on the topic of post-truth. The conference “encourages not only the academic community, but also artists, designers and activists to share their experience and […]
Publication: “Post-Truth Protest: How 4chan Cooked Up the Pizzagate Bullshit”
We published a scholarly article in M/C Journal on the origins and dynamics of the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory, in which a wildly speculative narrative was constructed about a secret child sex ring led by Democrat officials. This conspiracy, as is argued, was enabled by the affordances of 4chan, that stimulate a “butterfly effect” of bullshit. […]
Marc Tuters on Post-Truth at the Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek [Dutch]
Marc Tuters of OILab joined a conference panel organised by the Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek and IMMovator, together with journalist Joris Luyendijk and writer/Internet-sceptic Evgeny Morozov. Tuters touched upon the merging dynamics between Internet memes and post-truth politics, forming vehicles for political propaganda. In doing so, Tuters claims the meme-culture of these online right-wing movements […]