July 23, 2021
Brave New World Podcast: Episode 17: Peter Railton on Moral Intuitions
How do we come upon our morality? How much of our moral judgement is intuitive and how much is learned? Moral philosopher Peter Railton joins Vasant Dhar in episode 17 of Brave New World to talk about his thinking in this area — and also how the ...
July 22, 2021
IDFC Institute's response to proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection (E-commerce) Rules, 2020
July 22, 2021
DGN Policy Brief 13: Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) in Law Enforcement in India: Concerns and Solutions
Reliance on FRTs in India is premature. This policy brief highlights this whilst acknowledging FRTs' use cases—in aiding the police's preventive and investigative functions, in potentially reducing 'third-degree methods', and improving police's f...
July 11, 2021
Brave New World Podcast: Episode 16 Samuel Moyn on Humane War
Is a humane war a contradiction in terms? Can rules be made and followed that limit the damage that wars do, or will that make conflict perpetual? Is it necessary and moral for the USA to continue to be the policeman of the world? Samuel Moyn joins V...
June 28, 2021
Brave New World Podcast: Episode 15 Nandan Nilekani on an Egalitarian Internet
The internet began with an Age of Innocence, which gave way to the Age of Commerce, driven by the advertising model. Nandan Nilekani joins Vasant Dhar in episode 15 of Brave New World to describe how we have now entered the Age of Geopolitics, in whi...
June 17, 2021
Smartphone usage and privacy challenges
While the new "privacy preserving features" introduced by Apple and Google are a welcome move, the privacy implications for users are not really what they seem to be at first glance.
June 16, 2021
Technology can aid state capacity, not replace it
Solving structural governance issues is key to unleashing the potential of technology in effective delivery of services.
June 11, 2021
Brave New World Podcast: Episode 14 Bias, lies and and Democracy
Is our democracy in peril? What role has the media played in this? What should we do about it? Ali Velshi joins Vasant Dhar in episode 14 of Brave New World to discuss the subtleties of bias, fake news, information consumption and what to do about so...
June 10, 2021
IDFC Institute's response to draft National Geospatial Policy, 2021
May 30, 2021
Brave New World Podcast: Episode 13: Can a Machine have Human Values?
As artificial intelligence gets more and more powerful, the need becomes greater to ensure that machines do the right thing. But what does that even mean? Brian Christian joins Vasant Dhar in Episode 13 of Brave New World to discuss, as the title of ...