Parminder Jeet Singh

2007

This paper was written for the second IGF – Access Plenary Panel (Rio de Janeiro, 2007). It posits that ICTD models for poor people cannot be driven by financial considerations, and neither can they be demand-driven. Access to ICTs for the information poor has a very direct impact on their development status; consequently, ICTs cannot be…

2007

In this piece written for the South Centre Bulletin (issue 5, December 2007), Parminder Jeet Singh and Gurumurthy Kasinathan highlight Internet governance issues that are important from a development perspective. The World Summit on Information Society was the first step towards debating issues of Internet governance and its…

2006
This publication showcases perspectives that critique the engagement with new technologies in various development sectors such as the media, work and economy and governance.
2006
This article was published in the EgovOnline.net magazine in August 2006. The challenge for the 'Right to Information' is that while such rights may have been translated into laws, the practice of enforcing such rights is one which in many contexts is out of reach for those without considerable access to legal or financial resources. However, it…
2006

In this article published in the Economic & Political Weekly (11 March 2006), Parminder Jeet Singh and Anita Gurumurthy provide an evaluation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held in Tunis in November 2005, which was widely seen as a 'fuzzy' event, since WSIS was never mandated with…

2006

In this article, Anita Gurumurthy and Parminder Jeet Singh analyse the way in which the emphasis on Internet governance and its high visibility in the WSIS process tended to take focus away from the important issue of exploring how the Internet can address long-standing development issues.

It is, on the other hand,…

2005

In 2005, IT for Change carried out a series of three case studies in order to explore community-owned ICTD models in India. The selected initiatives were Akshaya (Kerala), the rural e-Seva kiosks (Andhra Pradesh), and n-Logue, TeNet and DHAN Foundation (Tamil Nadu) which are all large scale initiatives.

The research…

For long, Internet activists considered the Internet as being beyond law, politics and governments. J.P. Barlow made the famous Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace in 1996. It was fine when this phenomenon was just shaping up and challenging established institutions. But with the Internet and data becoming central to new social and…

A global Internet with unrestrained global flow of data has been held up as the ideal. However, while there is great value in it, there are also other, often competing, imperatives of ensuring rule of law over the internet and data, and using local and national data for encouraging domestic digital industry and for policy making and governance…

The paper, developed for the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, examines, the nature of digital economy in a developing country context, focussing the study partly on Bengaluru, often called the Silicon Valley of the South. It distinguishes digital industry from the earlier software industry and then the Internet industry. The paper defines…