Tarun Wadhwa


Identified: The Digital Transformation of Who We Are

Identified explores the global rise and convergence of digital identification systems.  

The technologies that governments and companies use to see who we are have changed drastically over the last decade.  There have been incredible advancements in things such as national identification systems, biometrics, and online identity – the very systems at the core of our government, economy, and political order.  You don’t usually see it in the headlines, but this has been having an enormous impact.  These technological changes have quietly been reshaping the world – affecting everything from how we move across borders, to how we interact with companies, and arrange our society. They are even changing the very definition of citizenship itself.  

Identified tracks the progress of these systems as they have spread and impacted the lives of people in every corner of the globe. It explores the potential for innovative reforms, assesses cyber-security risks, discusses the dangers posed to civil liberties and analyzes the new types of social contracts that will result from the widespread usage of these transformative technologies. It explores the systems of dozens of nations and features interviews with many leading global thinkers, entrepreneurs, CEOs, scientists, academics, military officials, and government leaders.   

Coming soon.

Like No Other: Accessibility, Technology, and Design

Co-authored with Eythor Bender.

More information coming soon.

Future State: India’s Quest To Build a Digital Nation

Co-authored with Anish Mohammed.

More information coming soon.



Smart Cities: Toward the Surveillance Society?

Smart Cities as Democratic Ecologies by Daniel Araya

Released November 17, 2015

This chapter weighs the consequences of smart technologies and their significance for citizens within democratic societies.  With major opportunities for new innovations in urban governance, it considers the implications of collecting personal information used in creating the smart city experience.  As cities become “smarter,” more and more personal data are collected through vast networks of sensors. Is the “smart city” simply the institutionalization of a vast surveillance society?

Incredible India and Government Communication

Government Communication: Cases and Challenges by Karen Sanders & María José Canel

Released June 20, 2013; co-authored with Dr. Holli Semetko

This chapter explore 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.

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