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Say No To Cookies From Strangers

Mothers' advice from 50 years ago reappears, notes Ajit Balakrishnan. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com   I can't help remembering my dear long-gone mother each time I get adventurous and......

Strolling down the street

… and I learn more about economic trends than from books, observes Ajit Balakrishnan. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com   Last Friday, tired of a week of a dozen online video......

The rise & fall & rise again of statistics

Ajit Balakrishnan on the surprising drivers of mathematical innovation. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com.   The other day, in an attempt to lift the mood of three-dozen......

Staring at an abyss

Do India's laws governing the Internet need revolutionary change, asks Ajit Balakrishnan. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Some nights nowadays I wake with a nightmare, which is unusual for......

Speeding up justice delivery in India

Are breakthroughs on this imminent, asks Ajit Balakrishnan. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com   A couple of times a year I encounter some event that makes me rub my eyes or pinch......

The T-Shirt Wars

Ajit Balakrishnan on the evolution of a cultural symbol. IMAGE: Mark Zuckerberg, Marlon Brando and Peter Thiel. Photographs: Getty Images   I stood gazing admiringly at the perfect green......

Why India must create new programming languages...

"Yawn", "Zzzzz... excuse me, I need to nap." Why hasn't India produced a single earth-shaking idea like Python or the World Wide Web, asks Ajit Balakrishnan. Illustration: Dominic......

Unravelling what awaits us in 2022

As the industrial era wanes, the network era looms, notes Ajit Balakrishnan. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com   I woke up one day, the eve of the new year, with a nightmare: A vision......

The Next Big Tech Revolution

Blockchain's promise: Dramatically speeding up transactions, explains Ajit Balakrishnan. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com   The term 'blockchain' in an ordinary citizen's mind probably......

The E-Comm Debate In India

Ajit Balakrishnan offers a thinking man’s guide to the state of e-comm in a nation of shopkeepers. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com   News reports about consumer e-commerce are......
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