Dan Gillmor

co-founder News Co/Lab Arizona State University

Dan Gillmor is co-founder of the News Co/Lab at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. It’s an experimental lab that collaborates with others to improve the information ecosystem and counter misinformation's malign effects by focusing on better demand, not just supply. He co-teaches a course in digital media literacy for ASU Online.

A former fellow at Harvard University's Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, Dan is the author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People (2004) -- the first book to look deeply at the then-emerging citizen-media movement -- and Mediactive (2010), a book aimed at improving digital media literacy. His in-progress book, tentatively entitled Permission Taken,  looks at the way governments and corporations are centralizing control over technology and communications, and asks what we can do to reverse this trend.

Dan wrote a popular business and technology column for the San Jose Mercury News (then the daily newspaper of Silicon Valley) from 1994 to 2005 and launched one of the earliest mainstream journalism blogs in 1999. He has co-founded, invested in and advised a number of digital media startups, and is on the board of several journalism-related non-profit organizations.

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