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Tarun Wadhwa

How Facebook Is Shaping Who Will Win the Next Election

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 11.25.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

Facebook is in a peculiar and unenviable position -- no matter what its intentions are, even minor decisions will have political impacts.

Could Lyft and Uber Put Public Transit Out of Business?

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 11.21.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It is likely that these services will just exacerbate the differences that already exist in the quality of public transit in different areas. The localities that invested and ran their systems well won't be as impacted. In the areas where frustration is higher, the problems will surely become worse when revenues and ridership decline.

Technology Companies Need To Take Responsibility And Give Us A Better Default

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 11.05.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's no longer a surprise to hear that a major company has had their customers' personal information compromised. Every day identity theft becomes mor...

Facebook's Experiment Reveals A Much Deeper Problem With The Internet Today

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 09.02.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's not hard to demonize Facebook for their actions, but this problem is the same with every major company on the Internet today. The current relationship between consumers and Internet companies is unsustainable.

Using 3D Printing And Design To Change The Way We Look At Disability

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 08.27.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

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 ...

Who's Looking Out for Consumers in the Sharing Economy?

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 07.05.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

The only thing surprising about Airbnb's ugly confrontation with New York's attorney general is that it took six years to get to this point. Despite o...

Google's Glass Explorer Program Was A Social Experiment That Backfired

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 11.28.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

Google Glass was introduced without a clear explanation of what it was supposed to be used for. When promotional videos started to show people going a...

The Disappointing Contradictions of WhatsApp Being Acquired By Facebook

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 04.24.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

The founders of WhatsApp, a smartphone messaging service that is wildly popular around the world, proudly declared they would never make their users the product. They built their brand off of this guiding philosophy and used it to differentiate themselves in a crowded market.

Republicans Using Fake Websites to Trick Donors Is Just the Start

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Tarun Wadhwa

Not thinking anything of it he entered his financial information and hit submit. What he didn't notice was the small print at the bottom of the screen.

How Advertisers Can Use Your Personal Information To Make You Pay Higher Prices

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 04.02.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

What is at stake isn't purely a matter of annoying ads or nosy companies -- it's a deep set of customer protections that have taken decades of hard work to secure.

Do You Trust Internet-Connected Appliances Enough To Let Them Run Your Home?

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 03.26.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

The idea that household appliances need Internet-connected capabilities has always seemed over the top. The products are finally becoming practical. However, before these technologies become mainstream the industry will need to address a major issue: Can they convince consumers that these devices are secure and non-invasive?

Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 02.22.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

At no point in history has it been this easy to destroy your entire life so quickly in such few words.  As the saga of InterActiveCorp PR Exec...

You Won't Believe What NASA Is Planning To Do On The Moon In 2015

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

A small team at NASA's Ames Research Center has set out to "boldly grow where no man has grown before" - and they're doing it with the help of thousan...

The Sharing Economy Fights Back Against Regulators

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 11.18.2013 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's not everyday you hear about a grassroots movement that was started with the help of a technology company. You don't usually see progressive acti...

Apple's Gamble on Fingerprint Scanners May Take a While to Pay Off

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 11.12.2013 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

If Touch ID doesn't work how users believe it should, they will simply ignore it and forget about it. But for Apple, that will mean an enormous business opportunity lost.

About Those Startling Government Phone Alerts That You Never Signed Up for

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 08.06.2013 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

There are many people who would be thrilled to assist the police and keep an eye out for dangerous, criminal activities. But by taking an opt-out only approach, this program might end up driving away the very people that could help stop the next tragedy from occurring.

Lessons From My Father: Thinking Like an Entrepreneur in Everyday Life

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 08.15.2013 | Business
Tarun Wadhwa

My father would always push me to ask for things -- even, and especially, when I was completely embarrassed and afraid to. As a kid, I cringed whenever he did this -- I hated it. But as an adult, I'm thankful he showed me value of getting out of my comfort zone.

With NSA Surveillance, US Government May Have Dealt Major Blow To Global Internet Freedom Efforts

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Tarun Wadhwa

The internet has never been a perfect tool for advancing democracy and human rights. Despite the most optimistic techno-utopian projections, the inte...

Watching the Police: Will Two-Way Surveillance Reduce Crime and Increase Accountability?

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 08.05.2013 | Crime
Tarun Wadhwa

Trust is difficult to restore and maintain for a reason, and public safety can only be achieved through faithful cooperation between the police and the communities they protect.

Lessons From Crowdsourcing the Boston Marathon Bombings Investigation

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 06.22.2013 | Media
Tarun Wadhwa

We now live in a world where information moves faster than we can assess its value... this is especially true in times of panic, disaster, and crisis.

Why Your Next Phone Will Include Fingerprint, Facial, and Voice Recognition

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 06.01.2013 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

In some ways, it's a marvel that even half of consumers bother to lock their phones. You would think the benefits would be obvious enough: by entering a few numbers, you can achieve a basic level of protection from prying eyes.

Rand Paul's Bold Stand for Civil Liberties

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Tarun Wadhwa

At a time when Americans are even more disgusted than usual with Washington's inability to handle their own manufactured crises, Paul has demonstrated the positive power that one legislator can have on a specific issue.

The Washington Post Got It Wrong: We Don't Need a National ID Card

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Tarun Wadhwa

The Washington Post editorial board jumped into a center of a decades-old debate by declaring their support for a universal national identity card. In reality, implementing an American national identity card would be an expensive logistical and bureaucratic nightmare.

The Nonexistent Facebook Democracy Is Now Gone for Good

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 02.09.2013 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

Whatever Facebook does eventually replace the current voting system with, there is one fundamental thing that will not change: You will still be the product, not the customer.

Yes, You Can Hack a Pacemaker (and Other Medical Devices Too)

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 02.05.2013 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

We are familiar with the threat that cyber-crime poses to the computers around us -- however, we have not yet prepared for the threat it may pose to the computers inside of us.