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Dan Gillmor teaches digital media literacy at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Dan'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. 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 a number of languages including Japanese and Chinese, and is the foundation of Dan's online media literacy courses.

A journalist for almost 25 years with a variety of newspapers in the United States, Dan was an early participant in the news industry's digital transformation. Dan continues to write regularly for several publications including columns and features for Slate and Medium's Backchannel site.

Since leaving his full-time newspaper career in 2005, Dan has co-founded, invested in, and advised a number of digital startup companies, and serves on several NGO boards of directors. A Faculty Associate (and former Fellow) at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, he speaks frequently at universities, conferences and other events around the world.

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