Craig Newmark's website craigslist.org gives people the opportunity to help each other with everyday needs, including housing and jobs. He currently works as a customer service rep — but not management — and as an advisory board member of Wikipedia, where he focuses on issues related to trust. Additionally, Craig is working with a wide range of groups using the Net to help each other out, like Donorschoose.org, the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, Kiva.org (microfinance) and Consumer Reports. He's also actively engaged with government workers on multiple levels to use the Net for superior public service, and with Sunlight Foundation for government accountability and transparency. His previous experience includes thirty years of working with computers for IBM, GM, Charles Schwab & Co, and Bank of America.
He's not as funny as he thinks he is, but sometimes he just can't help himself. Craig no longer wears a plastic pocket protector and thick black glasses that are taped together, but he still claims to be a nerd.
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