Dan Gillmor is an educator, author, journalist, and entrepreneur.
Gillmor teaches digital media literacy at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he also works to promote media entrepreneurship. The Cronkite School is recognized for its quality and innovation.
Gillmor’s books about digital media have become well-known in the field. We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People (2004), explained the rise and significance of the “citizen media” movement that continues to expand. The book has been translated into many foreign languages, most recently Korean and Arabic. His more recent book, Mediactive (2009), was designed to help turn passive media consumers into active users—as participants at every step of the process starting with what we read and extending to our role as creators of media. It has been translated into Japanese and Chinese, and is the foundation of several online media literacy courses. His upcoming book, tentatively entitled Permission Taken, discusses the increasing control that companies and governments are exerting over the way we use technology and communicate, and how users of technology can take back some of that control.
A journalist for almost 25 years with a variety of newspapers in the United States, Gillmor was an early participant in the news industry’s digital transformation; his column and blog at Silicon Valley’s San Jose Mercury News were widely followed for their insight about technology and its impact on the economy and society. Gillmor continues to write articles and commentary for several publications including a regular online column for The Guardian.
Since leaving his full-time newspaper career in 2005, Gillmor has co-founded, invested in, and advised a number of digital startup companies, and serves on several NGO boards of directors. He speaks frequently at universities, conferences, and other events around the world.