The Zuckerberg Files is a digital archive of all public utterances of Facebook's founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, spanning 2004-2016. Over 200 full-text transcripts and 100 video files are available for researchers to download, analyze, and scrutinize.

What is The Zuckerberg Files?

The Zuckerberg Files is a digital archive of all public utterances of Facebook's founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. It includes over 200 full-text transcripts and bibliographic data of all publicly-available content from 2004-2016 representing the voice and words of Zuckerberg, including blog posts, letters to shareholders, media interviews, public appearances and product presentations, and quotes in other sources. Over 100 video files are also available for downloading.

Why do we need The Zuckerberg Files?

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 literacy.

Where can I find The Zuckerberg Files?

The Zuckerberg Files is hosted on the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's Digital Commons, and consists of two digital collections. The "Transcripts" collection include full-text transcriptions of all the content in the digital archive of Zuckerberg's public statements. The "Videos" collection represents a subset of the collection with archived copies available video files documenting certain Zuckerberg appearances.

How can I access The Zuckerberg Files?

Full bibliographic and metadata for The Zuckerberg Files is available to the public here, including valid URLs to the original source material. Access to the full-text transcripts and archived video files has been password-protected in adherence with the "Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication". Those wishing to gain access to the full archive should follow the instructions here.