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Michael Zimmer, PhD, is a privacy and Internet ethics scholar



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Funded PhD Position to Join PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:16:45 +0000

Are you a graduate student interested in big data, data ethics, internet research, or internet research ethics? Are you looking for a funded PhD opportunity to explore these issues? Then, join me at UW-Milwaukee to work on the PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research project! Details for this fully-funded PhD research assistant position are below. […]



New NSF Grant Project: PERVADE — Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:27:14 +0000

I’m thrilled to announce PERVADE (Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research), a collaborative, 4-year research project funded by a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation 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 […]



New Book: “Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Challenges, Cases, and Contexts”

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 15:01:27 +0000

I am extremely happy to announce the publication of “Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Challenges, Cases, and Contexts“, which I was lucky to co-edit with Dr. Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda at the GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and the Institute for Web Science and Technologies at Koblenz University. The book was published by Peter Lang, […]



On the Ethics of Microchipping Employees

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:46:02 +0000

Recently, the Wisconsin-based Three Square Market (32M) announced plans to offer voluntary microchip implants for its employees, enabling them to open doors, log onto their computers and purchase break room snacks with a simple swipe of the hand. Despite their press release, 32M isn’t the first company to embed RFID transmitters in its employees. In 2006, […]



“Privacy” Issue of Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 20:20:19 +0000

I’m thrilled to announce that the “Privacy” special issue of the American Library Association’s Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy (JIFP) has now been published. The issue can be accessed here, and subscription information is here. Here is my introduction to the special issue: As editor of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy, I’m excited to present […]



Promoting Inclusiveness in Course Planning

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:26:38 +0000

Recently, I led a discussion in my School’s Diversity and Equity Committee on ways to encourage inclusiveness in course syllabi and content, including: using gender neutral language in lectures, materials and assignments; asking students to pronounce their name and provide any preferred methods of address; not making assumptions about students’ identities, cultures or backgrounds; using […]



Information Society Series Book Announcement: Digital Countercultures and the Struggle for Community

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:09:52 +0000

I’m thrilled to announce that the 10th book in the “Information Society Series” at MIT Press that I co-edit with Laura DeNardis has been released: Digital Countercultures and the Struggle for Community By Jessa Lingel Whether by accidental keystroke or deliberate tinkering, technology is often used in ways that are unintended and unimagined by its designers and inventors. In […]



New Project: Assessing the Implementation of CIPA-Mandated Internet Filtering in U.S. Public Libraries

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:33:28 +0000

I’m excited to launch a new project with my colleague Dr. Nadine Kozak on “Assessing the Implementation of CIPA-Mandated Internet Filtering in U.S. Public Libraries,” for which we have received funding from the UW-Milwaukee “Research Growth Initiative” internal grant program. From our project abstract: Access to information is an essential human right, and ensuring universal […]



#AOIR2016 special issue of Information, Communication & Society: Platform Values

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:59:27 +0000

I’m pleased to announce that the special issue of Information, Communication & Society that features research from the 2016 annual conference of the Association of Internet Research (AoIR) has been published. I was privileged to co-edit the special issue with Koen Leurs of Utrecht University. Here’s the abstract from our (open) introduction to the special issue: […]



Call for Papers: “Privacy” Issue of Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (Spring 2017)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:00:27 +0000

[UDPATE: The “Privacy” special issue has now been published. Details here.] I’m pleased to announce I am the guest editor for the Spring 2017 issue of the American Library Association’s Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy (JIFP). The issue’s theme is “Privacy,” and its publication will (roughly) coincide with Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7, 2017). The full […]