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] On the Problem of Reactionary Nonsense at the Bottom of the Web
Marc Tuters published a text on Europe Now outlining activity on the “bottom of the Web” and providing an overview of OILab’s ongoing work
[publication] “(((They))) rule: Nebulous othering and memetic antagonism on 4chan”
New article in New Media & Society on political memes, Mouffe’s framework of antagonism, and the triple parentheses meme.
Marc Tuters’ talk at CARR: LARPing & Liberal Tears. Irony, Belief and Idiocy in the Deep Vernacular Web
Earlier in 2019, Marc Tuters gave a lecture at the conference “A Century of Radical Right Extremism: New Approaches”, hosted by the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right in partnership with Richmond, the American University in London. The talk touches on the concept of the Deep Vernacular Web and dynamics of subcultural antagonistic expressions […]
Emillie de Keulenaar, Kaspar Beelen, Ivan Kisjes and Marc Tuters on the “Intellectualisation” of Hate Speech on YouTube – DH 2019
Emillie, Kaspar Beelen, Ivan and Marc have presented research on the so-called “intellectualisation” of race-related language on YouTube comments and transcripts at the latest 2019 Digital Humanities conference. This research was based on research completed at the Digital Methods Winter School sprint in collaboration with Stephanie Tintel, Daniël Jurg, Laurie Le Bomin, Jonathan Hendrickx, Kristina […]
Sal Hagen in NOS Journaal & NPO Radio 1
Sal Hagen of OILab appeared in the Dutch national news on 5 August 2019 to briefly touch on the horrific shootings in the United States, in specific to discuss the imageboard 8chan. Listen to the NPO Radio 1 fragment here (click “18:00 – 18:30” and go to 9:28). Watch the NOS Journaal clip here from […]