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Dan Gillmor

Dan Gillmor in 2005
Occupation Director, Center for Citizen Media

Dan Gillmor is a noted American technology writer and former columnist for the San Jose Mercury News. He was one of the leading chroniclers of the Silicon Valley dot-com boom and its subsequent bust. 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 left-wing perspective.

Dan Gillmor is director of a new 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. Gillmor worked at the Detroit Free Press and the Kansas City Times before moving to the San Jose Mercury News in 1994. He left the Mercury News in January 2005 to work on a grassroots journalism project, called Bayosphere, launched in May 2005. Nowadays he is also involved in an online travel application project called Dopplr.

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. "We the media" is a quick guide of all the new internet tools for journalists. In this book, he talks about weblogs, RSS, SMS, peer to peer and how all these tools will change communication.

From 1994-2005 he was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for The blog is believed to have been the first by a journalist for a traditional media company. He joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, he was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont.

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.

Before becoming a journalist he played music for seven years.

Other works


  1. ^ "Digital Media Leader Named Knight Center Director, Kauffman Professor at ASU". Arizona State University. 2007-11-06. Retrieved 2008-03-10.  

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