Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation
- Fast Company
Sue Gardner is the Director of Wikipedia. She's also the only Canadian to make it onto Forbes' The World's 100 Most Powerful Women list. Since her arrival at Wikipedia, Gardner has introduced major initiatives focused on organizational maturity, long-term sustainability, and increased participation, reach, and quality of the Foundation's free-knowledge projects. She was formerly head of CBC.CA, the internet platform for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Canada's radio, TV, and new media public broadcaster and the nation's largest journalistic organization. Under her leadership, CBC.CA experienced a historic audience surge and launched many new major multimedia technologies, including podcasting, breaking news alerts, live event blogging, and many forms of user interaction.
Since beginning her career in 1990 at the now-classic radio program As It Happens, Gardner has worked in all forms of media to create high-quality, award-winning programming. As a journalist, she specialized in pop culture, social issues and media analysis, covering stories such as manipulation of the news media during the first Gulf War, the rise of gated communities in California, the racial implications of the return of the death penalty to New York, changing feminist attitudes towards pornography, the dawn of interactive media, and the rise and fall of rave culture in the UK.
Gardner is a member of the Online News Association, the Society for News Design, Women in Film and Television, the Canadian Association of Journalists and Canadian Women In Communications.
The Web We Weave: The Future of the Internet is in Our Hands
The future of the web—that sprawling, conflicted, and fascinating medium—is something Sue Gardner is uniquely qualified to discuss. Where is online communication headed? What forces are vying for control? And what actions can we take today to positively affect the future shape of the internet? Standing on the threshold of enormous, perhaps irrevocable change, Gardner's talk charts the way we will share information, build communities, and do business. Drawing on her work as head of Wikimedia, as well as her high profile advocacy for a free and transparent internet, she walks us through key issues that will dominate the conversation in the years to come.
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