Nicholas Thompson

Editor-In-Chief, Wired Magazine

The story of how science and tech will change our lives is one of the most important in the world. And no one’s more equipped to tell it than NICHOLAS THOMPSON. A veteran editor, he revolutionized The New Yorker’s online platform and transformed the magazine. Now, as the editor-in-chief of Wired, he’s working at the forefront of digital innovation—championing tech’s role in making the world a better place.

Nicholas Thompson is the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, where he served previously as senior editor from 2005–2010. There, he edited both National Magazine Award-nominated writing and “The Great Escape,” the story that became the feature film Argo. Thompson has also played a pivotal role with The New Yorker—first as senior editor, then as editor of the magazine’s digital platform, where he helped re-design the website, launch The New Yorker app, spark an eight-fold increase in monthly readers, and quadruple the number of new digital subscribers each month (based on his editorial focus on offering loyalty to writers, diversifying the magazine’s social media presence, and publishing “more, better stories”). He is also the author of the critically acclaimed biography The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War.

Session Info

Wednesday, May 24 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm Hall B

Kick-Starting America’s Digital Transformation

One of the world’s largest sources of valuable information is America’s federal government. As the nation’s First Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra advocated for the power of that data to spur innovation. Wired Magazine, editor-in-chief, Nicholas Thompson will engage Chopra in an exploration of how unleashing the vast volumes of government data will transform labor markets and spark a new wave of economic opportunity.

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