Michael Zimmer, PhD, is a privacy and internet ethics scholar, most notable for his work in online privacy, the ethical dimensions of social media & internet technologies, libraries & privacy, and internet research ethics.
Dr. Zimmer is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Information Policy Research.
Zimmer is part of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to explore how people experience the reuse of their personal data within computational research
PERVADE is a collaborative, 4-year research project funded by a $3 million grant from the NSF to study how diverse stakeholders – big data researchers, platforms, regulators, and user communities – understand their ethical obligations and choices related to computational research that relies on big, pervasive data sets about people.
- Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team on PERVADE (Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research), a collaborative, 4-year research project funded by a $3 million grant from the NSF to study how diverse stakeholders – big data researchers, platforms, regulators, and user communities – understand their ethical obligations and choices related to computational research that relies on big, pervasive data sets about people.
- Collaborating with Dr. Jessica Vitak (University of Maryland) and Drs. Jason Pridmore and Daniel Trottier (Erasmus University) on the NSF-funded project “Mapping Privacy and Surveillance Dynamics in Emerging Mobile Ecosystems: Practices and Contexts in the Netherlands and US“.
- Collaborating with Bonnie Tijerina at Data & Society, along with the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and the New York Public Library, on the IMLS-funded project “Library Values & Privacy in our National Digital Strategies”
- Collaborating with my colleague Dr. Nadine Kozak on “Assessing the Implementation of CIPA-Mandated Internet Filtering in U.S. Public Libraries”.
- Co-edited a book on Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Challenges, Cases, and Contexts with Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda, published in 2017 by Peter Lang.
- Curation of The Zuckerberg Files, a digital archive of all public utterances of Facebook’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, spanning 2004-2017.
- Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP), published by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
- Zimmer, M. & Kinder-Kurlanda, K. (Eds.). (2017). Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Challenges, Cases, and Contexts. New York: Peter Lang.
- Zimmer, M. & Tijerina, B. (2017). Foundations of privacy in libraries. In B. Newman (Ed.), Protecting Patron Privacy in the 21st Century Library. Rowman & Littlefield.
- Zimmer, M. & Caldwell-Stone, D. (2017). Privacy law and regulation. In B. Newman (Ed.), Protecting Patron Privacy in the 21st Century Library. Rowman & Littlefield.
- Leurs, K. & Zimmer, M. (Eds.). (2017). Platform Values: #AoIR16 Special Issue. Information, Communication and Society, 20(6).
- Buchanan, E.A., & Zimmer, M. (2016). Internet research ethics (revised). The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy(Fall 2016 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.).
- Hoffmann, A., Proferes, N., and Zimmer, M. (2016). “Making the World More Open and Connected”: Mark Zuckerberg and the Discursive Construction of Facebook and Its Users. New Media & Society
- Zimmer, M. & Hoffmann, A. L. (2016). Preface: A decade of Web 2.0 – Reflections, critical perspectives, and beyond. First Monday, 21(6).
- Zimmer, M. (2015). The Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress: Challenges for information practice and information policy. First Monday, 20(7)
- “AI Now 2017 Symposium”, Invitation-only experts workshop, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA (July 10, 2017)
- “Ethics of Big Data II” symposium, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (April 28, 2017)
- Workshop on “The Ethics of Data Access, Use, and Sharing for Human Subjects Research”, organized by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), Boston, MA (March 1, 2017)
- Association of Internet Researchers annual conference, Berlin, Germany (October 5-8, 2016)
- Values in Design Council / Future Internet Architecture meeting, Arlington, VA (September 20-21, 2016)
- “Ethics in Library Research Data Services: Conceptual Gaps + Policy Vacuums“, ALISE Webinar on Ethics in Library Research Data Services (August 30, 2016)
- “AI Now: The Social and Economic Implications of Artificial Intelligence Technologies in the Near-Term”, Invitation-only experts workshop organized by The White House and New York University, New York, NY (July 7, 2016)
- Privacy Law Scholars Conference, Washington, DC (June 2-3, 2016)
- “Challenges and Futures for Ethical Social Media Research” ICWSM 2016 Ethics Workshop, Cologne, Germany (May 17, 2016)
- “Catalyzing by Design,” Privacy by Design workshop #4, Computing Community Consortium, Washington, DC (January 6-7, 2016)
- “Beyond IRBs: Designing Ethical Review Processes for Big Data Research,” Future of Privacy Forum – NSF Workshop, Washington, DC (December 10, 2015)
- ABC News, “Microchip implants chart new territory, but some experts say they are an ethical nightmare” (August 3, 2017)
- The Washington Post, “Some feared hackers and the devil. Others got microchipped” (August 1, 2017)
- All Things Considered (National Public Radio), “This Wisconsin ‘Chip Party’ Doesn’t Come With Cheese Dip” (July 30, 2017)
- The Joy Cardin Show (Wisconsin Public Radio), “Should Businesses Microchip Their Employees?” (July 27, 2017)
- Associated Press, “Cyber staff: Wisconsin company offers to microchip employees” by Ivan Moreno (July 26, 2017)
- Thrive Global, “Tech Companies May Soon Know More About Your Emotions Than You Do” by Drake Baer (May 5, 2017)
- New York Magazine, “How Facebook Can Fix Its Fake-News Problem” by Drake Baer (November 14, 2016)
Software Engineering Daily, “Zuckerberg Files With Michael Zimmer and Nick Proferes” podcast (September 28, 2016)
- The Wall Street Journal, “WhatsApp to Share User Data With Facebook” by Deepa Seetharaman and Brian Fitzgerald (August 25, 2016)
- The Atlantic, “Can Twitter Fit Inside the Library of Congress?” by Andrew McGill (August 4, 2016)
- WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, “Big Data Research Creates Ethical Concerns” with Joy Powers (May 31, 2016)
- New NSF Grant Project: PERVADE — Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research September 6, 2017
- New Book: “Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Challenges, Cases, and Contexts” September 4, 2017
- On the Ethics of Microchipping Employees July 31, 2017
- “Privacy” Issue of Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy July 7, 2017
- Promoting Inclusiveness in Course Planning April 12, 2017
- Information Society Series Book Announcement: Digital Countercultures and the Struggle for Community April 10, 2017
- New Project: Assessing the Implementation of CIPA-Mandated Internet Filtering in U.S. Public Libraries April 3, 2017
- #AOIR2016 special issue of Information, Communication & Society: Platform Values March 15, 2017
- Call for Papers: “Privacy” Issue of Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (Spring 2017) December 9, 2016
- Information Society Series Book Announcement: The End of Ownership November 4, 2016