Tobias Blanke ☕️

Tobias Blanke

Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Humanities

University of Amsterdam

Tobias Blanke is University Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Humanities at the University of Amsterdam and the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation. He is also affiliated with King’s College London as Professor of Social and Cultural Informatics. His academic background is in computer science and political philosophy. Blanke’s principal research interests lie in artificial intelligence and big data devices for research, particularly in the human sciences. He has also published extensively on ethical questions of Artificial Intelligence such as predictive policing and algorithmic otherings, as well as critical digital practices, and the critique of digital platforms.

Relevant Academic Appointments

University of Amsterdam
University Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Humanities
September 2019 – Present Netherlands
A special university-wide research appointment to advance AI in the humanities.
King's College London
Professor of Social and Cultural Informatics
September 2007 – Present United Kingdom
Various academic appointments in the Department of Digital Humanities. From 2018, Professor in Social and Cultural Informatics and Head of Department from 2016-19.
November 2012 – December 2016 Europe
I was a founding director of DARIAH, an infrastructure to advance Digital Humanities in Europe.

Selected Projects

AI4Media is a European centre of excellence in AI research. We work with artificial intelligence researchers across Europe focussing on the social impact of AI in media. We also contribute special courses for social sciences and humanities to the International Artificial Intelligence PhD Academy.
European Holocaust Research Infrastructure
The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure has been going strong since 2009. We are now in the third phase and there is still much more to do.
European Holocaust Research Infrastructure
Our Data Ourselves

Over the years we had a number of projects, helping citizens make sense of the datafication processes they are exposed to.

Our Data Ourselves from 2015-18 was the first project to look at mobile datafications. It was followed by collaborations with the Open Data Institute, the British Library, TacticalTech and many others.

Our Data Ourselves

Recent Publications

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(2022). Neither opaque nor transparent: A transdisciplinary methodology to investigate datafication at the EU borders. Big Data & Society.

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(2021). On machine vision and photographic imagination. AI and Society.

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(2020). Record Linking in the EHRI Portal. Records Management Journal.

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(2020). Understanding Memories of the Holocaust?: A new approach to Neural Networks in the Digital Humanities. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.

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(2019). Acts of digital parasitism: Hacking, humanitarian apps and platformisation.. New media & society.

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