Lauren Smiley

Lauren Smiley

Boots-on-the-ground tech reporter.

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

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What an Immigrant Murder in Kansas Says About America

The story on an Indian techie killed in a Kansas bar by a white man who screamed "Get out of my country!"

Resist article

The Tech Resistance Awakens

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

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The Verge

Signal Boost

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

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The Shut-In Economy

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

Better voter article

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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A public policy warrior seeks to wipe out fines that punish the poor.

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When Toys Talk (and Listen)

When AI-fueled toys chat with kids.

Refugeegirl article

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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Trouble in the House of Rothenberg

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

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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.

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The Revelations of Lady Murderface

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

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How India Pierced Facebook’s Free Internet Program

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