Lauren Maffeo has reported on and worked within the global technology sector. She started her career as a freelance journalist covering tech trends for The Guardian and The Next Web from London. Today, she works as a service designer for Steampunk, a human-centered design firm building civic tech solutions for government agencies. Prior to Steampunk, Lauren was an associate principal analyst at Gartner, where she covered the impact of emerging tech like AI and blockchain on small and midsize business owners.
An advocate of open access publishing, Lauren serves as a founding editor of Springer's AI and Ethics journal, the first multidisciplinary journal on this subject. She is also an area editor for the open access Data and Policy journal with Cambridge University Press. Lauren has spoken at open source events including the Open Source Summits in North America and Europe, All Things Open, DrupalCon North America, DrupalGovCon, and GitHub Universe.