Michael Zimmer

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

LATEST: PERVADE — Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research

Zimmer is part of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to explore how people experience the reuse of their personal data within computational research


PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research project

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.

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Mapping Privacy and Surveillance Dynamics in Emerging Mobile Ecosystems

This National Science Foundation-funded collaborative, cross-cultural project evaluates how mobile users in the U.S. and the Netherlands think about and make decisions about their privacy when using mobile apps.






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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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Editor of Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

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.






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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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