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Michael Zimmer
Michael Zimmer, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and director of the Center for Information Policy Research. With a background in new media and Internet studies, the philosophy of technology, and information policy & ethics, Zimmer's research focuses on the ethical dimensions of new media and information technologies, with particular interest in Internet privacy, social media, internet research ethics, and pragmatic engagements in values-in-design.

Entries by Michael Zimmer

Introducing: The Zuckerberg Files

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 2:32 PM

The dominance of social networking sites, such as Facebook, in contemporary life necessarily sparks unique issues in terms of information privacy and the ethics of sharing. As users and scholars of this dominant platform, we are increasingly confronted with new questions like:

  • What is the purpose/value of sharing information online?
  • ...
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Facebook's Censorship Problem

(8) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 10:50 AM

Last week, Facebook removed a photo of two men kissing from a user's Wall due to an apparent violation of the site's terms of service. Here's the message the original poster received from Facebook:


Content that you shared on Facebook has been removed because it...

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How to Win Friends and Manipulate People

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2010 | 7:44 PM

Information-intensive companies such as Facebook follow a Machiavellian public relations strategy when introducing new programs. Without warning, these companies introduce "features" that invariably result in more information being shared with advertisers, wait for a negative reaction, and then announce minimal changes without affecting the new feature. They explain away the...

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