Wikipedia’s Sue Gardner

Wikipedia’s Sue Gardner

I had the pleasure of interviewing one of technology’s leading lights, and a bona fide wunderkind of both traditional journalism and…


I had the pleasure of interviewing one of technology’s leading lights, and a bona fide wunderkind of both traditional journalism and media, as well as digital. Sue Gardner ran Wikipedia, which is to say she helped alter the world of communications and media. The online, crowd-sourced encyclopedia is the fifth most-visited website in the world, but that status does not come without risk. The open nature of Wikipedia has led to understandable questions about the accuracy of information, the quality of the editing from its volunteer “Wikimedians,” and concerns about transparency and reputation risk for corporations dealing with the public relations impact of their detractors. Sue shared her insights with me on a variety of important issues from social media ‘trolling’ to the outlook for technology growth in Silicon Valley and the “machogineer” culture of technology firms.