Sue Gardner, former Executive Director of the WikiMedia Foundation

Sue Gardner, former Executive Director of the WikiMedia Foundation

Sue Gardner has been making internet products and services in the public interest since 1999. For more than a decade she lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she ran the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia, during Wikipedia’s period of major growth. Before that, she was a journalist for many years at the CBC, where, in her last role, she ran CBC.CA. She has served as an advisor to Creative Commons, TED, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and a number of internet startups. She has been a fellow with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, and received the Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness for Defending Internet Freedom, awarded to her by Fight for the Future for her work opposing the ill-fated SOPA and PIPA legislation in the United States. In 2016, she co-chaired the campaign asking President Obama to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Sue serves on the boards of Privacy International, Wiki Education, the Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project, and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. 

Sue chaired Panel 4.