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Lauren Hanford

Lauren Hanford
Lauren Hanford
VP, Product
A field report on standards, incentives, and what open source maintainers are thinking about the new wave of software accountability
12:20 PM - 12:50 PM EST

Good news: everyone is paying attention to open source security and resilience right now! OpenSSF’s Scorecard Project and other industry and government initiatives like SLSA and the NIST Secure Software Development Framework (SSDF) are leading the way in paving a new standard for secure development practices for open source.

The next challenge: putting maintainers in a position to successfully take on the additional work required to meet this growing body of standards. In this talk, Lauren Hanford, VP of Product at Tidelift, will share five years of data and discerned patterns learned from working closely with open source maintainers to validate they’ve maintained a set of development standards, and take a closer look at learnings derived from incentivizing a set of specific scorecard checks.

This research gives us clear insights about what we can expect from maintainers as we enter a new era of increasing liability where organizations need greater clarity and assurances around how the code they rely on gets built.

Panel: Top findings from the 2023 Tidelift state of the open source maintainer report
1:55 PM - 2:55 PM EST
We just released our new 2023 Tidelift state of the open source maintainer report with findings from our new survey of over 300 open source maintainers.
Join Tidelift CMO and resident data nerd Chris Grams as he tees up the most interesting data points for discussion with an illustrious panel including Al Gillen, Group VP,  software development and open source of IDC, Python maintainer Seth Larson, and Tidelift VP of product Lauren Hanford.The panel will discuss:
  • What impact does money have on open source maintainers' work today?
  • What role should money have and how should organizations think about maintainer compensation?
  • Are paid open source maintainers more likely to complete important security and maintenance tasks than unpaid maintainers?
And wherever else the conversation takes them!
About Lauren Hanford
Lauren Hanford is VP of product at Tidelift.