Michael Zimmer, PhD, is a privacy and internet ethics scholar, most notable for his work in online privacy, the ethical & policy dimensions of internet technologies, libraries & privacy, and internet research ethics.
Zimmer is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Director of the Center for Information Policy Research.
“For those concerned about privacy, research ethics, and the growing practice of publicly releasing large data sets, this logic of “but the data is already public” is an all-too-familiar refrain used to gloss over thorny ethical concerns…”
The Zuckerberg Files is a digital archive of all public utterances of Facebook’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, spanning 2004-2014. Over 125 full-text transcripts and 60 video files are available for researchers to download, analyze, and scrutinize.
I am extremely happy to announce the publication of “A Decade of Web 2.0: Reflections, Critical Perspectives, and Beyond”, a special issue of First Monday I co-edited with Dr. Anna L. Hoffmann.
- First Monday special issue: “A Decade of Web 2.0: Reflections, Critical Perspectives, and Beyond” June 11, 2016
- Wired Editorial: “OkCupid Study Reveals the Perils of Big-Data Science” May 14, 2016
- Information Society Series book announcement: After Access: Inclusion, Development, and a More Mobile Internet December 2, 2015
- Call for Chapters: “Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Cases and Challenges” October 13, 2015
- The Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress: Challenges for Information Practice and Information Policy July 6, 2015
Recent Events & Presentations
- “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
- Values in Design Council / Future Internet Architecture meeting, Arlington, VA, November 19-20, 2015
- Association of Internet Researchers annual conference, Phoenix, AZ, October 21-24, 2015
- “Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems,” meeting of NISO working group, San Francisco, CA, June 29-30, 2015
- American Library Association annual conference, San Francisco, CA, June 25-30, 2015