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

Last Build Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:30:12 +0000


Posts on Facebook and Privacy (2006-2010)

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:30:12 +0000

Since 2006, two years after Facebook’s launch and right about when I joined the platform, I’ve been posting on this blog (at least as long as blogging was a thing) about numerous privacy concerns related to the social network.Posts include reactions to the launch of the News Feed, concerns over profile visibility and APIs, Facebook […]

New Books in the Information Society Series: “Protecting Children Online?” and “Authors, Users, and Pirates”

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:37:18 +0000

Two new books have just been published in the “Information Society Series” at MIT Press that I co-edit with Laura DeNardis. Congrats to Tijana Milosevic and James Meese on these great contributions! Protecting Children Online? Cyberbullying Policies of Social Media Companies By Tijana Milosevic Foreword by Sonia Livingstone Overview High-profile cyberbullying cases often trigger exaggerated public concern about children’s use […]

Seeking Postdoctoral Research Associate to Join PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:11:19 +0000

I am hiring a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on the PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research project! This is a 12-month position, with possible renewal for a 2nd year. Details below. Please join us! Position: Postdoctoral Research Assistant Project: PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Zimmer The School of Information Studies at the University […]

Announcing the Web Science 2018 Ethics Workshop

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 14:57:14 +0000

Along with my co-organizers, Charles Ess and Anja Bechmann, I’m excited to announce the Web Science 2018 Ethics Workshop: “Confronting Ethical Challenges in Web Science Research“, scheduled for Sunday 27 May 2018 at VU Amsterdam. This half-day workshop, organized by the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Ethics Working Group in partnership with the PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics project, […]

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

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

[Note: this PhD position is no longer available. See recent posting for a Postdoctoral Research Associate here] 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: […]

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

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

[I’m hiring a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with me on PERVADE! Details here] 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 […]

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 […]