Digital Rights of LGBTI Communities: A Roadmap For A Dual Human Rights Framework

In B Wagner, et al (eds), Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technologies (Edward Elgar, 2019)

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 19-7

24 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2019 Last revised: 7 May 2020

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Monika Zalnieriute

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice

Date Written: January 1, 2019

Abstract

This paper aims to move beyond the existing narratives on digital technologies and LGBTI rights by sketching a preliminary roadmap for the development of a combined LGBTI & digital rights analytical framework and research programme. Such a framework is necessary for two reasons. First, it is vital to address the growing complexity of the implications of the Internet and digital technology for human rights that in reality go well beyond the so-called classical digital rights issues of censorship and surveillance, which has captured and even expropriated scholarly and activist attention at the expense of other pressing issues. Second, such a framework is instrumental for the LGBTI movement to expand its political spectrum beyond ‘traditional’ issues, such as marriage equality and gender identity, and confront others pressing civil rights concerns to assure the effective and full equality of LGBTI communities in the digital age. The modest goal of this paper to illuminate the problematic issues at the intersection of LGBTI communities and digital technologies and hopefully stimulate a research programme on these topics.

Keywords: LGBTI, digital rights, digital technology, human rights, censorship and surveillance

Suggested Citation

Zalnieriute, Monika, Digital Rights of LGBTI Communities: A Roadmap For A Dual Human Rights Framework (January 1, 2019). In B Wagner, et al (eds), Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technologies (Edward Elgar, 2019), UNSW Law Research Paper No. 19-7, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3332133 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3332133

Monika Zalnieriute (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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