Quotations from Chairman Mark: Every public word of Zuckerberg’s in one file

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday, April 4, 2013. Zuckerberg says the company is not building a phone or an operating system. Rather, Facebook is introducing a new experience for Android phones. The idea behind the new Home service is to bring content right to you, rather than require people to check apps on the device. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg  at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.  (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Your wait is over. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have gone ahead and satisfied the large demand for a digital archive — officially called The Zuckerberg Files — that include every single solitary word that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ever said in public.

Really.

This isn’t like the digital archives you ordinarily find at colleges and universities, such as Caltech’s Einstein Papers Project. That is, simply, according to the Web site,  “one of the most ambitious scholarly publishing ventures undertaken in the history of science, ” providing “the first complete picture of [Albert] Einstein’s massive written legacy.”

The Zuckerberg Files isn’t interested in Zuckerberg’s massive written legacy, perhaps because there isn’t one;  it is, rather, an archive containing more than 100 full-text transcripts and nearly 50 video files that  represent all of his “public utterances” and that will grow whenever he opens his mouth in the public sphere. It is needed, according to the Web site, because:

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.

You can start your research here.

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.

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Valerie Strauss · October 29, 2013