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Parminder Jeet Singh

Executive Director

Parminder Jeet Singh

Parminder leads IT for Change's work in the areas of governance reform and Internet Governance. He was closely involved with setting up the field centre of IT for Change, Prakriye – Centre for Community Informatics and Development, and led its work for many years. He has been working in close association with many civil society networks in India and worldwide in the areas like right to information, trade governance, ICTs for development and community informatics.

In the area of governance reform and ICTs for development, he has worked on many committees of governments, and inter alia helped come up with the government of India's report on proactive disclosures under the right to information, and had led a study for the Knowledge Commission of the state of Karnataka for setting up rural knowledge centres. He has also contributed to e-governance thinking and strategies of organizations like UNDP, India, and ActionAid.

Parminder has been closely associated with global governance processes in the area of Information Society and Internet since the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2005. In this regard, he has been been a Special Advisor to the Chair of The UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and an Advisor to UN Global Alliance on ICTs and Development. He has been a civil society member of the two Working Groups that have been set up the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development in the follow up of the WSIS – one of improvement to the IGF and another on operationalization 'enhanced cooperation'.

Parminder was the first elected co-coordinator of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus, then the premier global civil society network in this area. He has been a founding member of the global Internet Rights and Principles group and is on its steering committee. Parminder has been a key figure in organizing a new coalitions of civil society organizations from across the world, called the Just Net Coalition, for promoting a just and equal Internet. Currently, he is active in developing the Internet Social Forum initiative.