Full Interview: Sue Gardner on Wikipedia's Gender Gap

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Gender gaps in technology are nothing new. For instance, online men outnumbered online women for years. And there's the stereotypical gender gap in video gaming. Over time, though, many of those gaps have shrunk, closed, or even reversed.

But there's one digital gender gap that shows no immediate signs of changing: Wikipedia's.

On the English-language version of Wikipedia, males outnumber females by a factor of more than 5 to 1. And according to a new research paper that will be presented in October at the WikiSym 2011 conference, this gender imbalance has a measurable effect on the content of Wikipedia's articles.

To comment on Wikipedia's gender gap, and what could be done to close it, Nora interviewed Sue Gardner, the executive director of Wikimedia. You can hear the full, uncut interview below, or download the MP3. [runs 19:03]

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