Lauren Smiley

Lauren Smiley

Boots-on-the-ground tech reporter.

Writing about humans in the tech age. Stories at Backchannel, San Francisco Mag, Cal Sunday, New York Mag. Staff alum of Matter.com at Medium, San Francisco Weekly. Bilingual in Spanish.

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Resist article
backchannel.com

The Tech Resistance Awakens

What it means when tech workers get off the Google bus and into the resistance.

Encryption article
The Verge

Signal Boost

The Trump resistance flocks to privacy apps popular in repressive regimes.

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Medium

The Shut-In Economy

The cultural shift of an on-demand world: getting used to getting served.

Better voter article
newrepublic.com

America's Disastrous Voting Tech

Hacking attempts are scary. Dinosaur voting tech is scarier.

Biohacker article
New York Magazine

Women Biohackers in Silicon Valley

The newest double standard: Men are biohacking; women are just neurotic.

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story.californiasunday.com

When Toys Talk (and Listen)

When AI-fueled toys chat with kids.

Refugeegirl article
webbyawards.com

How Techies Led the US Syrian Refugee Surge

The U.S. Digital Service had to bring 85,000 refugees to America. Obama's orders.

Carole article
Modern Luxury

Drama Queen

The original producer of "Fences" is a heiress-turned-Broadway producer named Carole Shorenstein Hays.

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Modern Luxury

The Big Sink

Inside story of the Millennium Tower, SF's sinking symbol of wealth. (Literally.)

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backchannel.com

Trouble in the House of Rothenberg

Rothenberg Ventures was young, splashy, and now, under SEC investigation.

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backchannel.com

The Weird Redemption of SF’s Most Reviled Tech Bro

He blasted the homeless, then tried to make amends. Greg Gopman learned no business plan can find your way back home.

Realtalia article
backchannel.com

The Revelations of Lady Murderface

The surprising back story of Yelp's minimum wage whistleblower.

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backchannel.com

How India Pierced Facebook’s Free Internet Program

India didn't want "free" Facebook, if it meant squandering net neutrality. Report from India.

Desk article
backchannel.com

The Great Customer Service Exodus of Tech Boom 2.0

Are startups exporting Silicon Valley's promise, or just its dead-end jobs?

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Medium

Canary in the Code Mine

With a crashing coal industry, Appalachian miners turn to code.