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 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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Current Projects

  • Co-editing a book on Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Challenges, Cases, and Contexts with Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda, to be published in 2017 by Peter Lang.
  • Writing a book Privacy Rights: A Documentary and Reference Guide, to be published by ABC-CLIO/Greenwood.
  • Processing data for CIPR research project on how libraries respond to patron privacy concerns related to the implementation of Bibliocommons cloud services.
  • Active in various initiatives, including the Values in Design Council, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee’s Privacy Subcommittee, and the Ethics & Policy Ring of the Northeast Big Data Hub.
  • Numerous writing projects on libraries & privacy, privacy and autonomous vehicles, and big data research ethics.