About the Director

Michael Zimmer, Ph.D.

Michael ZimmerMichael 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, Zimmer studies the ethical dimensions of new media and information technologies, with particular interest in privacy, social media, information ethics, access to knowledge, and value-conscious design.

Zimmer received his PhD in 2007 from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. He was a Student Fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU Law from 2004-2007, and was the Microsoft Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School for 2007-2008. Zimmer joined UW-Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies in 2008.

Zimmer serves on numerous advisory boards, including UWM’s Center for 21st Century Studies, the Washington, D.C.-based Future of Privacy Forum think tank, and the NSF-sponsored Values-in-Design Council. He has participated in various public interest activities, and provided expert advice and consultation for projects at New York Public Library, Google, and Microsoft.