Parminder Jeet Singh

2017

Parminder Jeet Singh was invited by the Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay to deliver a talk on 'Digital Data - The New Raw Material in the Globalising Economy' as part of the Development Discourse Series. The talk conducts a political economy unpacking of data collection, use, and regulation; and also delves into the concept and…

2017

The Supreme Court of India is in the midst of a heated debate for the need of a constitutionally recognized, explicit right to privacy. In the article 'Privacy in the Digital Age', Parminder Jeet Singh argues for the horizontal application of the right to privacy against state and non-state actors. In the digital age it is the duty of the state…

2017

In the article 'Trading Away our Digital Rights', Parminder Jeet Singh notes  with concern the usurpation of digital issues by the ever increasing ambit of global trade treaties. The fundamental shift in the way corporations function has resulted in troves of user data, which is inter alia crucial for policy building, being held by these…

2017

Commission for Science and Technology for Development's Working Group on Enhanced Corporation (WGEC) is an important group deliberating on how to develop the required global Internet-related public policies, and the corresponding institutional frameworks. IT for Change is represented as one of the 5 civil society members of this group. We…

2017

In the article Digital Trade Games, Parminder Jeet Singh discusses the implications of e-commerce issues in the 19th round of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations taking place in India.The article points out that it is inappropriate for trade talks to discuss "data" and its flows in abstract, becuase their meaning is…

2017

This article was developed as a background paper for a presentation to delegates from developing countries at the South Centre, Geneva, in February 2017. It presents the key geo-economic elements of the digital phenomenon; how data is the new raw material that is extracted from developing countries by a few, primarily US…

2016

This article flags how the ‘problem people had with Free Basics is now sought to be resolved by making Free Basics equally available across all telcos, and not just one network as earlier!’By allowing content providers to subsidise access to their sites, using the logic of Internet exceptionalism, India’s telecom provider is…

2016

The article discusses how the digital has triggered a transformation where digital companies are taking over traditional sectors and have established a monopoly in those sectors, becoming powerful enough to challenge traditional state controls.
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2016

ITfC has made submissions to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in response to the two consultation papers it released, one on free data and another a more general pre-consultation on net neutrality.

On the consultation paper on free data TRAI sought comments on alternate models of providing access to the Internet which did…

2016

Following Face book’s aggressive campaign to gain public support for Free Basics, Parminder Jeet Singh, in this article, "What Free Basics Did Not Intend To Do" argues how while the campaign utterly failed in its intended purpose, its unintended consequences may have done a lot of good to India. Firstly, it helped make a case for governments…