Michael Zimmer, PhD, is a privacy and internet ethics scholar, most notable for his work in digital privacy, the ethical dimensions of social media & internet technologies, 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.
I’m hiring a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join me on the PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research project team. Details on this exciting opportunity are here.
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.
“Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Challenges, Cases, and Contexts“, co-edited with Dr. Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda, has been published by Peter Lang.
“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…”
I have been appointed Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP), published by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
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.
- 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”.
- 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. (forthcoming). Addressing Conceptual Gaps in Big Data Research Ethics: An Application of Contextual Integrity. Social Media + Society.
- Cath C., Zimmer, M., Lomborg, S. & Zevenbergen, B. (2018). Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Roundtable Summary: Artificial Intelligence and the Good Society Workshop Proceedings. Philosophy & Technology.
- 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)
- iConference 2018, Sheffield, UK (March 25-28, 2018)
- Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*), New York, NY (Feburary 23-24, 2018)
- Association of Internet Researchers annual conference, Tartu, Estonia (October 21-23, 2017)
- “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)
- All Things Considered (National Public Radio), “ Library Of Congress Announces It Will Be Selective In Which Tweets It Archives” (December 27, 2017)
- WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, “PERVADE Tackles Ethical Questions on Big Data Use” with Joy Powers (October 9, 2017)
- 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 Books in the Information Society Series: “Protecting Children Online?” and “Authors, Users, and Pirates” February 7, 2018
- Seeking Postdoctoral Research Associate to Join PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research February 6, 2018
- Announcing the Web Science 2018 Ethics Workshop January 27, 2018
- Funded PhD Position to Join PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research October 9, 2017
- 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