Did Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg really say that? Thanks to The Zuckerberg Files, an online collection of transcripts and videos compiled by scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, that question can be answered.
The Zuckerberg Files contains more than 100 full-text transcripts with bibliographic data from sources such as blog posts, letters to shareholders, media interviews, public appearances, and product presentations, as well as nearly 50 videos.
However, the archives are not open to just anybody. The answer to the question, “How can I access The Zuckerberg Files?” reads:
The Zuckerberg Files is an open-access public archive. All bibliographic and metadata are openly available. In adherence with the “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication,” access to the full-text transcripts and archived video files is limited to scholars doing research in a relevant area. Scholars wishing to gain access to the full archive should email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, affiliation, and a brief description of the research project or purpose for which the materials will be put.
And the answer to the question, “Why do we need The Zuckerberg Files?” reads:
The dominance of social networking sites such as Facebook in contemporary life sparks unique issues of information privacy and the ethics of sharing online. By gaining a better understanding of how Facebook’s founder and CEO conceives of his own company’s role in the policy and ethical debates surrounding social networking, we will be better suited to critically engage in a dialogue on privacy and Facebook, inform design and policy recommendations, and increase user awareness and literacy.
Readers: Are you intrigued by the contents of The Zuckerberg Files?