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 blog, “Disruption and Democracy,” and his articles often 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 major universities, conferences and events around the world.
Identified: How They Are Getting To Know Everything About Us, a book he’s authored about the global rise of digital identification systems, will be out Fall 2013. 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 here.
He is currently a research fellow with Singularity University, where he studies digital identification systems and how they are impacting the fields of finance, security, and governance. He is also a researcher with the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory think tank focused on the intersection of technology trends and geopolitics.
He is also working on a start-up related to the international development space.
Prior to this, Tarun led an in-depth study of the promise and perils of the groundbreaking Aadhaar biometric national identification program in India for the Think India Foundation. He has also conducted research on globalization and trade-related issues for Harvard Law School, Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, and Patton Boggs LLP. Additionally, he has worked on advocacy, labor, and privacy issues with the Campaign For Youth Justice; Office of the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao; and the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office.
He has a BA in Political Science from The George Washington University and was selected to take part in Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Program where he studied Policy, Law, & Ethics.