Tarun Wadhwa

Tarun Wadhwa

Writer, Researcher, Entrepreneur

San Francisco, California (San Francisco Bay Area)

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Tarun Wadhwa's Overview

  • Research Fellow at Singularity University
  • Senior Research Associate at Think India Foundation
  • Researcher at Vivekananda International Foundation

500+ connections

Tarun Wadhwa's Summary

Tarun is a writer, researcher, and entrepreneur working at the intersection of technology, international development, and public policy.

He writes regularly for Forbes on his column, “Disruption and Democracy,” and his articles regularly appear in The Huffington Post, Venture Beat, and others. His work has been published in several major media outlets and he has given talks at universities and conferences around the world.

Identified: Why They Are Getting To Know Everything About Us, a book he’s authored about the global rise of digital identification systems, will be out in 2014. It analyzes the technologies that governments and companies use to see who we are — things such as national identification systems, biometrics, and online identity. He tracks these systems over time to see how they are changing governments, institutions, social norms, and the daily lives of people all around the world. Learn more, and sign-up for updates at http://identified.info

He is also working on a start-up related to water purification and international development.

You can see more of his work on his website: http://tarunwadhwa.com. Follow him on Twitter - @twadhwa, or you can reach him directly at: linkedin@tarunwadhwa.com.

Tarun Wadhwa's Experience

Contributor, "Disruption and Democracy"

Forbes Magazine

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Publishing industry

January 2013Present (1 year 9 months) http://www.forbes.com/sites/tarunwadhwa/

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Management Consulting industry

June 2011Present (3 years 4 months)

Research Fellow

Singularity University

Educational Institution; 11-50 employees; Higher Education industry

June 2012April 2014 (1 year 11 months) Moffet Field, CA

Senior Research Associate

Think India Foundation

August 2010October 2012 (2 years 3 months)


Vivekananda International Foundation

May 2010August 2010 (4 months)

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Online Media industry

August 2007May 2009 (1 year 10 months)

Secretary Elaine L. Chao Internship Program

U.S. Department of Labor

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

May 2008August 2008 (4 months) Washington, DC

International Trade Researcher

Patton Boggs LLP

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

September 2007May 2008 (9 months)

Research Assistant

Harvard Law School

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2007October 2007 (3 months)

Public Policy Intern

North Carolina Attorney General's Office

June 2007July 2007 (2 months)


Conlon, Frantz, Phelan, and Varma, LLC

May 2007July 2007 (3 months)


Pratt School of Engineering Duke University

June 2006September 2006 (4 months)

Tarun Wadhwa's Education

The George Washington University

BA, Political Science


Singularity University

EPD11; Graduate Studies Program, Policy, Law and Ethics


Tarun Wadhwa's Publications

  • Big Brother in Hindi?

    • The American
    • July 23, 2012
    Authors: Tarun Wadhwa

    An in-depth look at the challenges India will face in implementing its biometric identification system

  • Incredible India and Government Communication

    • Government Communication: Cases and Challenges
    • June 20, 2013

    I co-authored a chapter with Dr. Semetko exploring how the Indian government goes about communicating and disseminating information to different communities around the country, and what lessons policymakers around the world can learn from their successes and failures.

Tarun Wadhwa's Skills & Expertise

  1. Research
  2. Biometrics
  3. Privacy Law
  4. Policy
  5. Technology Policy
  6. Editing
  7. Community Outreach
  8. Disruptive Technologies
  9. Public Policy
  10. Civil Liberties
  11. Entrepreneurship
  12. Public Speaking
  13. Fundraising
  14. Blogging
  15. Government
  16. Start-ups
  17. Policy Analysis
  18. Analysis
  19. Politics
  20. International Relations
  21. Political Science
  22. International Development
  23. Social Entrepreneurship
  24. Strategic Communications
  25. Foreign Policy
  26. Qualitative Research
  27. Political Campaigns
  28. Nonprofits
  29. Economics

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Conference On Information And Knowledge Management - Politics, Elections and Data, Keynote Speaker, "Privacy, Accountability, And Access In The Age Of The Personalized Campaign" - November 2013

MBA World Trophy Startup Dublin, Speaker, "Managing Digital Identity and Security During Growth" - May 2013

Emory University Halle Institute Fourth Annual India Summit, Speaker, "Panel: Entrepreneurship and Transformational Technology" - February 2013

Emory University Halle Institute Third Annual India Summit, Speaker, "The Promise and Perils of India's National Identity System" - March 2012

UC Berkeley School of Information, Dean's Lecture Series, "The Digital Transformation of National Identity" - November 2011

TEDxGotham, Speaker, "National Identity in the Digital State" - September 2011

Singularity University, Guest Lecturer, "The Global Rise of Digital Identity Systems" - August 2011

The Economist - Ideas Economy: Information, Flash of Genius talk, "Inside Aadhaar" - June 2011

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