On Friday, September 30, 2011, please join us for a CIPR brown bag research lunch from 12:30-2:00 in Bolton 521 (bring your own lunch).
There will be two short presentations, both focusing on issues in Internet research ethics:
- “Oh the Ethics You’ll Know”, by Nick Proferes, SOIS PhD student. This short (and clever!) presentation shares on-going research into how issues of research ethics are discussed on the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) mailing list. This will be a preview of what Nick will present at the AoIR annual conference in October.
- “Research Ethics in the 2.0 Era: Conceptual Gaps for Ethicists, Researchers, IRBs”, by Michael Zimmer, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Center for Information Policy Research. This talk contributes to this growing discourse on Internet research ethics by describing conceptual gaps that have emerged with relation to how researchers and IRBs think about privacy, anonymity, consent, and harm in the 2.0 era. This will be a preview of an invited presentation at the International Symposium on Digital Ethics hosted by Loyola’s Center for Digital Ethics & Policy.
We intend to hold informal research lunches (bring your own lunch) a few times each semester, to provide a space for faculty, students, staff, and friends interested in information policy and ethics (conceived of broadly) to share research — both finished and in progress.
If you’d like to schedule a time to present, please contact Michael Zimmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR) is pleased to again offer a CIPR Student Award in Information Policy & Ethics, to sponsor one student (undergraduate, graduate or post-doc) for the Association of Internet Researchers IR12 Conference in Seattle, Washington. The amount of the award is US$500.
The student’s research must focus on some aspect of information policy or ethics, and internet studies, broadly conceived. The recipient must have an accepted paper at IR12 and must attend to present the research.
To apply, please send the following documents to Michael Zimmer at email@example.com:
- Accepted Paper Abstract
- Brief statement describing how the paper/research will make an impact on the fields of information policy, ethics, and internet studies.
Application deadline is August 31, 2011. Notification of award will be received by September 15.
The recipient should acknowledge the CIPR grant at IR12 and in any subsequent presentations or publications.
Michael Zimmer, a privacy scholar at the U. of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Center for Information Policy Research, says the methods of the Harvard project “should have triggered an ethical concern.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an article featuring CIPR Co-Director Michael Zimmer’s research critiquing the privacy protections and research methods related to the “Taste, Ties, and Time” (T3) Facebook research study conducted by a set of Harvard sociologists.
The article, “Harvard Researchers Accused of Breaching Students’ Privacy”, discusses a variety of privacy and research ethics concerns raised by Zimmer, and also features insights by former CIPR director Elizabeth Buchanan.
Read the full article here, and additional commentary by Zimmer on his blog.
CIPR Co-Directors Dr. Michael Zimmer and Dr. Joyce Latham will be discussing issues of ethics and labor at the upcoming American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. Held June 23-28, 2011 in New Orleans, the ALA Annual Conference is the world’s largest event for the broader library community, bringing together more than 25,000 librarians, educators, authors, publishers, literacy experts, and advocates.
Dr. Zimmer will be speaking on the program “Promoting Ethical Literacy in Youth: How Librarians Can Partner with Parents and Teachers”, hosted by the ALA’s Committee on Professional Ethics. The program is Sunday, June 26th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Morial Convention Center, Room 243. More details are available here.
Dr. Latham will be participating in the Library History Round Table Research Forum, which features papers on the history of library services and collections for business, industry, and labor. Dr. Latham will present her work on “Collective Collections: Libraries and Labor” on Sunday, June 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, room Rosedown A. More details are available here.
CIPR co-director, Michael Zimmer, discusses recent controversies related to content censorship by Facebook in a blog post on The Huffington Post.
The piece, “Facebook’s Censorship Problem,” critiques Facebook’s recent removal of a photo of two men kissing from a user’s Facebook Wall due to an apparent violation of the site’s terms of service. Zimmer also contextualizes this censorship controversy within news that Facebook is reportedly in discussions with the Chinese government to bring the social network to the China, where the social networking site will need to implement a much more robust and aggressive content filtering and censorship policy to abide by China’s wishes to limit it’s citizens’ access to information.
Read the full article here. You can also read more about a variety of policy and ethical issues related to Facebook at Zimmer’s blog.
CIPR research assistant and SOIS PhD student, Anthony Hoffmann, will be presenting at the Theorizing the Web Conference 2011, University of Maryland, April 9th, 2011.
The conference will showcase the work of young scholars at the intersection of society and technology. From the conference website:
Technology has always been social and society has always been technological. This fact has become increasingly difficult to ignore following the recent explosion of collaborative and user-generated content—what is now generally referred to as “social media” or “Web 2.0.” The social Web has the potential to change and/or reinforce some of our most fundamental social relationships, including those with others, our selves, our bodies and our experience with reality itself.
Hoffmann will be presenting as part of a panel dedicated to exploring issues of ownership, commercialization and privacy on Facebook. More details of his presentation are available at AnthonyHoffmann.org.
The School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Information Policy for the 2011-2012 academic year.
The information policy fellowship is designed for recent PhDs who are interested in social, ethical, economic, legal, and technical aspects of information and information technologies with a focus on information policy and information ethics. All applicable research areas are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to applicants whose work investigates the intersections of information policy, intellectual property, intellectual freedom, governance, power, and identity.
Along with continuing their own research agenda, the fellow will work closely with the Center for Information Policy Research and affiliated faculty, assist in coordination of related events, work with current PhD students, and participate in the academic and intellectual community of the School. The fellow will be expected to teach one advanced graduate course related to her/his research topic in the spring 2012 semester. The stipend for the fellowship will be $38,000 for a 12-month appointment beginning in August 22, 2011, with a $2,000 research and travel stipend. Fellows are eligible for benefits. The stipend for this position may be subject to UW System furlough and budgetary policies.
- Applicants must be scholars who are not yet tenured and who are no more than 3 years past receiving their PhD.
- Applicants must hold a PhD in information studies or related discipline. Applicants who do not yet hold a PhD but expect to have it by August 2011 will be asked to provide a letter from their home institution corroborating the degree award schedule. Verification of completion of degree will be required before the start date.
- Application packages must include: letter explaining research agenda, teaching interests, and appropriateness for the fellowship; a curriculum vitae; a writing sample; and 3 references.
- Send all application materials electronically to both Dr. Joyce Latham (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Michael Zimmer (email@example.com).
- Deadline for application is April 30, 2011. Decisions to be made by May 31 2011.
For more information, please contact either Dr. Latham or Dr. Zimmer, and visit us at http://www4.uwm.edu/sois/ and http://www4.uwm.edu/cipr/.
Amidst the political controversy surrounding Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, there have have been allegations of possible Internet filtering at the Wisconsin Capitol where an opposition website was apparently blocked on the Capitol wifi network. This obviously has implications both in terms of the current dispute, as well as information policy more broadly.
CIPR would like to highlight PhD student (and CIPR Research Assistant) Anthony Hoffmann’s excellent analysis of what really (seems) to be happening – “Access and Protests: Internet Censorship and the Wisconsin Capitol.”
Please join CIPR co-directors Dr. Joyce Latham and Dr. Michael Zimmer for a discussion of the intersections of intellectual freedom and WikiLeaks at the Brookfield Public Library on Thursday, February 24th from 7 to 8 PM.
Registration for this event is requested, but not required. To register or to request further information, please call 262-782-4140.
Minding the Gaps: WikiLeaks and Internet Security in the 21st Century
A symposium with Laura DeNardis (Yale) and UWM faculty Sandra Braman (Communication) and Richard Grusin (C21, English)
Friday, February 4
2:00 pm, Curtin 175
The title of our symposium comes from the ubiquitous pre-recorded security voice on the London Tube, reminding passengers to “mind the gap” between train cars and platforms. Unlike the physical gaps of 20th century transportation technologies like the Underground, the information gaps of 21st century communication technologies like the Internet pose security issues of a very different kind—as epitomized by the ongoing conflict between WikiLeaks and (especially) the US government.
This symposium will address the questions of WikiLeaks and Internet security from three different perspectives—political, legal, and medial—in order to come to terms with the ways in which WikiLeaks crystallizes some of the major security questions of the 21st century.
For more information, visit the Center for 21st Century Studies’ page for this event.