Contracting Human Rights
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Contracting Human Rights

Crisis, Accountability, and Opportunity

Edited by Alison Brysk and Michael Stohl

By chronicling the continuing contest over the reach, range, and regime of rights, Contracting Human Rights analyzes the way forward in an era of many challenges. This multidisciplinary book contributes to building understanding of the maturation of human rights, from a dissident doctrine to a dynamic parameter of global governance and civil society. Through an examination of both global and local challenges to human rights, including loopholes, backlash, accountability, and new opportunities to move forward, this book analyzes trends across multiple-issue areas.
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Chapter 15: Digital media and human rights: Loomio, Statistics New Zealand, and gender identity

Crisis, Accountability, and Opportunity

Cynthia Stohl, Michael Stohl and Shiv Ganesh

Abstract

This chapter examines how digital technologies are harnessed in public deliberations about human rights issues employing a case study involving discussions of what appropriate categories of gender identity, (e.g. transgender, gender diverse, gender-nonconforming) should be implemented in the 2018 New Zealand census. It begins with an overview of the relationship between digital technologies and human rights, followed by a discussion on digital technologies and deliberative democracy and the use of the Loomio platform. It concludes that the process adopted has had positive effects in terms of the discourse and understanding about gender and gender diversity within New Zealand.

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