Dan Gillmor teaches digital media literacy and is founding director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Gillmor's most recent book and online project, "Mediactive," aims to help turn passive consumers of media into active users. He also writes a column on media and technology for The Guardian, is author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People (2004), a book that explains the rise of citizens' media and why it matters. He has also invested in, cofounded, or advised a number of companies and nonprofits in the emerging media field, and is a faculty associate (and former fellow) at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Gillmor's next book, tentatively entitled Permission Taken, explains how governments and corporations are taking control of technology and communications away from the rest of us, and how we can get some of that control back.
Gillmor worked as a professional journalist for almost 25 years, including a decade as a business and technology columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, and was one of the first journalists to have a blog. Before becoming a journalist, he played music professionally for seven years.