Conspiracy Theories

With the current generation, should we start worrying about filter bubbles in the Netherlands? Does the spread of conspiracy theories possibly lead to security threats? Is there an algorithm to break through these so-called 'filter bubbles'? If you are interested in these kinds of issues, be sure to join this symposium on Wednesday 14 April at 15:00! The event itself is entirely in English and the link to the livestream can be found on this webpage of Studium Generale. You can also use this event to get your SG-Certificate.

Time: 15:00 - 18:00. Online, via livestream. 

Filter bubbles, conspiracy theories, the fable trap: there is a chance that you will hear these words in one sentence when it comes to explaining the spread of conspiracy theories. But let's take a few steps back: what is such a filter bubble anyway? Should we be worried about it? And if so, what can we do about it? Can algorithms break through these filter bubbles? And what exactly is a conspiracy theory? The four speakers who will be present during this livestream will answer such questions during the annual symposium of study association Flow. 


About the speakers

Dr. Piia Varis (keynote speaker) is an associate professor at the Department of Culture Studies of Tilburg University. She will address how and why filter bubbles and conspiracy theories make people worry. She will also discuss the role of memes in the spread of these theories and in our current political climate. 

Dr. Damian Trilling is an Associate Professor of Communication in the Digital Society at the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. He will answer the question what filter bubbles are exactly, what we do and don't need to worry about and whether it is all legitimately founded. 

Dr. Jelle van Buuren is a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University. He received his PhD for a study of conspiracy theories and systematic hatred. He too will focus on the various conspiracy theories, how they are spread and whether they touch upon legitimate security issues.

Dr. Cynthia Liem is an assistant professor of Multimedia Computing Group at TU Delft. Her research focuses on the surface of algorithms that users cannot detect themselves. She will discuss whether or not it is possible to break through a filter bubble and other ways to broaden your horizon.