Michael Zimmer, PhD, is a privacy and Internet ethics scholar, most notable for his work in online privacy, the ethical dimensions of social media, library privacy, and Internet research ethics. He 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 received his PhD in 2007 from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. He was a Student Fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU Law from 2004-2007, and was the Microsoft Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School for 2007-2008, and remains an Affiliated Fellow. Zimmer joined UW-Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies in 2008.
Zimmer serves on numerous advisory boards, including the Washington, D.C.-based Future of Privacy Forum think tank and the NSF-sponsored Values-in-Design Council. He is on the editorial advisory boards of Internet Research and the International Review of Information Ethics, and is co-editor of The Information Society book series for MIT Press. He has participated in various public interest activities, and provided expert advice and consultation for projects with the American Library Association’s Office For Intellectual Freedom, the New York Public Library, National Information Standards Organization (NISO), the Research Data Alliance, Google, Microsoft, among others. He served on the executive committee of the Association of Internet Researchers from 2009-2015.
Zimmer has published in numerous international academic journals and delivered talks across North America, Europe, and Asia. He has written for Wired, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, has been a guest on National Public Radio‘s Morning Edition, Science Friday, and Here & Now news programs, and has appeared in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, MSNBC.com, CNN.com, GQ Magazine, The Montreal Gazette, The Boston Globe, MIT Technology Review, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and in various other national and local media outlets.