Michael Zimmer

Michael Zimmer, PhD, is a privacy and internet ethics scholar, most notable for his work in online privacy, the ethical & policy 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.


"Mark Zuckerberg and the Discursive Construction of Facebook and Its Users"

Anna L. Hoffmann, Nicholas Proferes, and I have published a paper in New Media & Society assessing the evolution of Mark Zuckerberg’s discourse on Facebook’s self-definitions, the construction of user identity, and the relationship between Facebook and its users.

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Wired editorial: OkCupid Study Reveals the Perils of Big-Data Science

“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…”
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||A Decade of Web 2.0||

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 co-edited with Dr. Anna L. Hoffmann.

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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.

Information Society Series

View the latest books in the Information Society Series: An Interdisciplinary Series on Technology, Law, and Society published by MIT Press.
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