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Tarun Wadhwa
Attended George Washington University
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When a technology company behaves badly, you hear one defense brought up repeatedly: they could have done so much worse. When Google decided that they would use your face in their advertisements, you shouldn't have been outraged, you should have been relieved they didn't tell everyone your darkest secrets. The message [...]
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Yesterday there was news that one of the major Republican political organizations is setting up fake websites that look like Democratic candidate pages to trick people into donating money to the wrong party. And then they bragged about it. Couldn't make this stuff up. My latest piece explores how this fits into a larger pattern of questionable ethical behaviors in online campaigns:
Ray Bellamy, a doctor based in Florida, decided that he wanted to make a donation to a local congressional race. He began by Googling the Democratic candidate's name, "Alex Sink." He then clicked on one of the first results that popped up. A page loaded that that had the candidate’s typical [...]
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One of the biggest problems with the debate about privacy and advertising online these days is that its so abstract. Meanwhile, there's very serious issues about control and consumer protection that aren't being addressed. My piece today builds off the research of Ryan Calo, a brilliant legal scholar, and looks at where advertising online is headed.
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For those of you who don't live in the Twitter bubble, something interesting happened over the weekend. A PR exec tweeted something really stupid, then the internet formed a "mob" to humiliate her and destroy her life. I have some concerns about this how this all went down -
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Whenever the technology industry has tried their hand at politics, the results have been mixed - at best.  A few companies, making up something called the "sharing economy" - like AirBnb, Lyft, and others, have formed an advocacy group to try to fight for better regulation.  Looks promising, but raises some important questions over motives and inclusion.  My latest -  
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If you live in California, you probably heard your phone making some crazy sounds last night. That was the first state-wide mobile Amber Alert, part of a new system for modern emergency notifications. The idea is great - but the execution and design are terrible, undermining the positive potential of the program as a whole. My latest -
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A start-up is using 3d printing and design to create affordable customized artificial limbs for people - and they want to change the way we look at disability. My latest in Forbes -
The technology involved in creating artificial limbs has come a long way in the last few decades. We have now witnessed a paralyzed man kick a soccer ball at the opening ceremonies of the World Cup, and a double-amputee snowboarding champion stun the audience on Dancing With The Stars. Today’s [...]
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Mark Zuckerberg recently gave an interview where he admitted that having your real name attached to everything can be a burden. Shocking I know. But coming from him, it really was... it signals a shift in the way tech companies are talking about privacy. What this means for us, my latest:
In a recent interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that he thought it was “somewhat of a burden” if you are “always under the pressure of a real identity.” If anyone else had said something so obvious, it would be completely unremarkable.  But coming from the same person [...]
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There's a lot of interesting things happening in the internet-connected home appliance field. Google's massive purchase of Nest happened just days before researchers discovered a groundbreaking cyberattack that uses fridges, speakers and televisions to send malicious messages. The industry will need to work hard to establish trust if things are going to go anywhere - my latest:
The idea that household appliances need internet-connected capabilities has always seemed over the top. Take the example of Samsung's infamous "smart fridge." Debuted at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, their RF4289 model came with an LCD screen above the ice dispenser that allowed you read the news and send [...]
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My latest piece is an exclusive story on how NASA will attempt to grow plants on the Moon in 2015 
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I know you've been working hard on this one. So glad it's finally out! :D
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You've probably heard the news about the fingerprint scanners coming to the new iPhone. Overall, Apple did a good job with this - something I've expected them to do for a long time. There are however, many risks involved with rolling this out to the public. My latest:
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BBC World Radio aired a great documentary today on India's ID system - they interviewed me for it, and featured my ideas a couple of times. In my three years of following this issue, this is probably the single best piece of reporting I've seen on it thus far. It's 30 minutes long - check it out if you have a chance! 
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Check out my website, www.tarunwadhwa.com; my blog on Forbes, www.disruptionanddemocracy.com; or my upcoming book, Identified: How They Got To Know Everything About Us, www.identified.info
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