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.
- 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)
- Zimmer, M. (2015). Privacy law and policy. In P. Ang & R. Mansell (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society. Wiley-Blackwell.
Recent Events & Presentations
- 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 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)
Recent Quotes in the Press
- 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)
- International Business Times, “Facebook ‘Real Name’ Policy Change Could Protect Vulnerable Users From Doxing And Other Online Hazards” by Mike Brown (December 15, 2015)
- The Guardian, “Ted Cruz using firm that harvested data on millions of unwitting Facebook users” by Harry Davies (December 11, 2015)
Recent Blog Posts
- First Monday special issue: “A Decade of Web 2.0: Reflections, Critical Perspectives, and Beyond” June 11, 2016
- More on OkCupid and the Ethics of Big Data Research June 3, 2016
- Wired Editorial: “OkCupid Study Reveals the Perils of Big-Data Science” May 14, 2016
- Choose Privacy Week 2016 Webinar: Raising Privacy Awareness in Your Library and in Your Community March 24, 2016
- Joining NISO-RDA Working Group on Privacy Implications of Research Data Sets February 11, 2016
- 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.