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Emil Kirkegaard
Emil Ole William Kirkegaard (born 1989) is a Danish far-right blogger who has garnered controversy due to his views on child rape, race and intelligence and eugenics.

Child rape

In 2012, then 22/23 years old, Kirkegaard wrote an apologia on his personal blog for pedophiles who wished to sexually

abuse children, saying that if an adult were to "[have] sex with a sleeping child without them knowing it (so, using

sleeping medicine) ... it is difficult to see how they cud [sic] be harmed, even if it is rape."[1][2] His blog post attracted

wide criticism from the news media in January 2018.[2][3][4][5]

Race and intelligence

In early 2018, it became known that Kirkegaard attended eugenics and scientific racism conferences secretly held

annually on the University College London campus, attended by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.[3][4] 82% of

attendees including Kirkegaard who spoke at both 2015 and 2016 conferences are directly associated with either

Richard Lynn's Ulster Institute for Social Research or the Mankind Quarterly which is widely considered a white

supremacist publication.[2]

OkCupid data dump

Kirkegaard established his own journals Open Differential Psychology, Open Behavioral Genetics and Open

Quantitative Sociology & Political Science to publish his controversial research papers on race and intelligence. He

has been described as a "scientific advocate for neo-Nazism" having appeared in YouTube videos alongside white

nationalists and members of the alt-right discussing topics such as eugenics and immigration.[2] In one photograph

Kirkegaard posted on Facebook he appears smiling next to a friend making the Nazi salute with a caption "There will

be an heir to the Führer."[2]

In 2016, while a student at Aarhus University, Kirkegaard and two other researchers used a scraping tool to obtain

data on almost 70,000 OkCupid users, which contained a significant amount of personal information. The three

researchers then posted this data publicly before making it password-protected. The posted information did not

include any of the users' real names, but it did include their usernames and other information from which one could

easily deduce someone's real name.[6] After this data dump became public, an OkCupid spokesperson said that "This

1. Baynes, Chris (11 January 2018). "University College London launches 'eugenics' probe after controversial secret
conference on campus" (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/university-college-londo

n-eugenics-probe-secret-conference-campus-ucl-white-supremacists-debate-lci-a8153326.html). The
Independent. Retrieved 13 January 2018.

2. Merwe, Ben Van Der (2018-01-10). "Exposed: London's eugenics conference and its neo-Nazi Links" (http://lond
onstudent.coop/news/2018/01/10/exposed-london-eugenics-conferences-neo-nazi-links/amp/). London Student.
Retrieved 2018-01-13.

3. Rawlinson, Kevin; Adams, Richard (2018-01-11). "UCL to investigate eugenics conference secretly held on
campus" (http://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jan/10/ucl-to-investigate-secret-eugenics-conference-held-

on-campus). The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
4. Swaak, Taylor (2018-01-11). "White supremacists held secret eugenics conference at prominent London
university for years" (http://www.newsweek.com/white-supremacists-eugenics-conference-london-778581).
Newsweek. Retrieved 2018-01-13.

5. Yorke, Harry (2018-01-10). "UCL launches 'eugenics' probe after it emerges academic held controversial
conference for three years on campus" (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2018/01/10/ucl-launches-eugenics-

probe-emerges-academic-held-controversial/). The Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
6. Hackett, Robert (2016-05-18). "Researchers Caused an Uproar by Publishing 70,000 OkCupid Users' Data" (http:
//fortune.com/2016/05/18/okcupid-data-research/). Fortune. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
7. Collier, Kevin (2016-05-16). "OkCupid Could Sue Over 70K Shared Customer Data" (http://www.vocativ.com/318
393/okcupid-leak/index.html). Vocativ. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
8. Covert, James (2016-05-16). "OKCupid's embarrassing data leak is a cause for concern" (https://nypost.com/201
6/05/15/okcupids-embarrassing-data-leak-is-a-cause-for-concern/). New York Post. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
9. Zimmer, Michael (2016-05-14). "OkCupid Study Reveals the Perils of Big-Data Science" (https://www.wired.com/
2016/05/okcupid-study-reveals-perils-big-data-science/). WIRED. Retrieved 2018-01-13.

Official website (http://emilkirkegaard.dk/)

Emil Kirkegaard (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=VKUbfSIAAAAJ) publications indexed by Google


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