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Nirmal John

Nirmal John

1 Editor - Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies ET Prime

When I am not dreaming up scary scenarios of a future dictated by machines or criminals stealing our online secrets, I love observing life at the intersection of technology, culture, and business. I started my career in advertising, as a strategist with Ogilvy & Mather India. My previous journalistic stops include DNA and Fortune India. A story I wrote for the latter won the 2016 Prize for Economic Journalism in Asia awarded by the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. Last year, I took a break from full-time work to write my first book Breach: Remarkable Stories of Espionage and Data Theft and the Fight to Keep Secrets Safe, published by Penguin Random House in January 2018. Having gotten that out of the system, I joined ET Prime to write on new technologies and the upheavals they are unleashing in our lives. If you like geeking it out on these subjects, do look me up.

Twitter: @utopiandevil | Email: nirmal.john@timesinternet.in

When I am not dreaming up scary scenarios of a future dictated by machines or criminals stealing our online secrets, I love observing life at the intersection of technology, culture, and business. I started my career in advertising, as a strategist with Ogilvy & Mather India. My previous journalistic stops include DNA and Fortune India. A story I wrote for the latter won the 2016 Prize for Economic Journalism in Asia awarded by the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. Last year, I took a break from full-time work to write my first book Breach: Remarkable Stories of Espionage and Data Theft and the Fight to Keep Secrets Safe, published by Penguin Random House in January 2018. Having gotten that out of the system, I joined ET Prime to write on new technologies and the upheavals they are unleashing in our lives. If you like geeking it out on these subjects, do look me up.

Twitter: @utopiandevil | Email: nirmal.john@timesinternet.in

Digital economy

Cometh the hour: six elite battles that will shape India's New Economy in 2019

Amazon is desperate to steal the e-commerce crown from Flipkart but won't find it sitting easy. Ola will be hard-pressed to balance cabs and food delivery. Delhivery is in no hurry to go for an IPO, but can it get a grip on a challenging new business? Can iD Fresh's unique packaged foods find love in new markets? And will Zomato and Netflix prove India is finally ready for subscription businesses?

3 Jan 20190 comment
Strategy

Talk to the hand: Can nerds help revive the Congress party?

After the walloping in 2014, when the BJP taught it a lesson on using technology and social media in election campaigns, India’s oldest political party is upping the ante on a tech- and data-led transformation. Central to that is giving new voice to the party worker on the ground.

27 Nov 20180 comment
Policy and regulations

Aadhaar still needs a time machine

While the constitutionality of Aadhaar has been upheld, the Supreme Court’s intervention to control the use of the UIDAI database and improve its security, among other things, begs many crucial questions. Including some about the role of the court itself.

30 Dec 20180 comment
Digital economy

The evolution of the Indian hacker

Some of them wanted to fight for the country. Others started by fighting for corporate bigwigs under attack from faceless enemies. Together, India’s intrepid hacking community is building one of the country’s most promising industries. Now for the country to love them back.

11 May 20180 comment
Innovation

Inside bike-sharing's search for love in India

There’s quiet momentum building in India’s bike-sharing ecosystem, with homegrown companies like Ola and Chinese biggies like Ofo leading the way. But stubborn old problems could put paid to their plans.

4 May 20180 comment
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