Mary Gardiner

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Mary Gardiner
Known forLinux Programming

Mary Gardiner is an Australian Linux programmer who was director of operations at the Ada Initiative, described as a "non-profit organization dedicated to increasing participation of women in open technology and culture".[1] She was a council member of Linux Australia until September 2011.[2][3] In 2012, Gardiner and Ada Initiative co-founder Valerie Aurora were named two of the most influential people in computer security by SC Magazine.[4]


Gardiner was a co-founder of AussieChix, which later became Oceania Women of Open Tech.[5] She is a former coordinator of LinuxChix. She speaks out against "the social norms and beliefs of a minority of contributors who are not interested in women as colleagues or who do not believe women have the capability to successfully contribute".[6] Gardiner has been involved with drafting and adopting anti-harassment policies for technology conferences.[7] Gardiner was the winner of the 2011 Rusty Wrench award given by Linux Australia for service to Linux programmers in Australia.[8] She was commended for her work to improve gender diversity and oppose sexual harassment in the open-source software community.[9] She was the keynote speaker at Wikimania 2012, which was held 12–15 July 2012 in Washington, D.C.[10] In 2012, Gardiner was listed as one of the 10 Women in Tech Who Give Back by Datamation and one of the most influential people in computer security by SC Magazine.[4][11]

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  1. ^ "About Us". Ada Initiative. 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Council".
  3. ^ "Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech – Part II". Femme-o-nomics. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b Earls, Alan. "Influential IT security minds in 2012: Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner". Reboot 2012. SC Magazine. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  5. ^ "History o OWOOT". Oceania Women of Open Technology. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  6. ^ Pearce, Rohan (4 November 2011). "Melbourne AdaCamp to address open technology's gender issues: Ada Initiative's first AdaCamp to be held in January". Techworld. Computerworld. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  7. ^ Byfield, Bruce (8 February 2011). "Ada Initiative Supports Women in Open Source, Counters Sexism". Open Source. Datamation. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  8. ^ Stilgherrian (19 January 2012). " 2012: cyborg lawyer demands source". TechRepublic. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Nominations: Mary Gardiner". linux australia: Representing Free Software and Open Source Communities. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Wikimania 2012 announces Mary Gardiner as keynote speaker". Wikinews. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  11. ^ Vartabedian, Jessica (6 August 2012). "10 Women in Tech Who Give Back". Features. Datamation. Retrieved 5 December 2012.