Atish Padhy

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Decoding the Signals Surrounding Signal’s Success

The defining feature of 21st-century innovation has been the reduction of friction. The most successful companies of our times – Google, Facebook, Uber, and so on – follow what economists David S. Evans and Richard Schmalensee call the “Matchmaker” business...

All Things Policy: How Can Citizens Make Cities Better?

 While Indians lavish attention on general and state elections, democracy at the municipal tends to be ignored or hijacked by extraneous issues. In this episode, Suman Joshi, programme manager for Takshashila’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy, makes the case...

All Things Policy: Lessons to Learn on Big Tech Regulation

 Both the US and Europe have attempted to regulate ‘Big Tech’ effectively. Soon, it will be India’s turn to work out new ground rules for these novel technologies and business practices. Atish Padhy and Saurabh Modi join Anirudh Kanisetti...

All Things Policy: Should 2020 be a Zero Year for Education?

 The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened inequalities in India’s education sector. While many schools and colleges have resorted to online classes, millions of students struggle to get access to the required technology. Should India consider declaring 2020 a zero year,...

What we don’t talk about when we talk about ‘Big Tech’

While the world speculates what a Biden administration is likely to look like, those in the technology space, including journalists and researchers, seem to agree that the severe scrutiny of ‘Big Tech’ companies, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook, is likely...

The unbearable goodness of being: A review of ‘Humankind’ by Rutger Bregman

Rutger Bregman, author of the New York Times bestseller, Humankind: A Hopeful History, attempts to address some important central questions of our times: Why do human societies today appear fundamentally broken, with depressing levels of inequality and a pathologically polarising...