Dan Gillmor

Dan Gillmor
Dan Gillmor

Gillmor in 2005
Occupation Director, Center for Citizen Media

Dan Gillmor is a noted American technology writer and columnist. He is director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication[1] and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Gillmor is also the author of a popular weblog covering technology news and the Northern California technology business sector, criticizing rigid enforcement of copyrights, and commenting on politics from a frequently right-wing perspective. He was one of the leading chroniclers of the Silicon Valley dot-com boom and its subsequent bust.



Before becoming a journalist, Gillmor played music for seven years. During the 1986-87 academic year he was a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied history, political theory and economics. Gillmor worked at the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont, followed by six years at the Detroit Free Press, before moving to the San Jose Mercury News in 1994. From 1994-2005 he was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for SiliconValley.com. The blog is believed to have been the first by a journalist for a traditional media company. He left the Mercury News in January 2005 to work on a grassroots journalism project, called Bayosphere, launched in May 2005. He was also involved in Dopplr, an online travel application project.

He is also the author of a book, We the Media, published in August 2004, chronicling how the Internet is helping independent journalists combat the consolidation of traditional media. It is a quick guide of all the new internet tools for journalists, including weblogs, RSS, SMS, peer to peer and how all these tools will change communication. In 2010, he released another book titled Mediactive.



See also


  1. ^ "Digital Media Leader Named Knight Center Director, Kauffman Professor at ASU". Arizona State University. 2007-11-06. http://cronkite.asu.edu/news/gillmor-110607.php. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 

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