Bread&Net 2021 ‘Code of Conduct’

Bread&Net is intended to be a welcoming, respectful, and collaborative community in the SWANA region for the discussion of topics related to digital rights. In order to maintain this environment for everyone, our participants, including staff, speakers and attendees, across all physical and virtual platforms, are required to adhere to the high standards of behaviour of this Code of Conduct. By participating in Bread&Net 2021, you agree to abide by this Code of Conduct and the rules set out herein.

This year’s iteration of Bread&Net will primarily be conducted online with few offline sessions, and we want to maintain a safe space in which all participants can engage both constructively and thoughtfully with each other, while assured of their physical and emotional security. Our diligent team is committed to taking all measures necessary to make this a reality, but are aware of the limitations a hybrid event imposes on us. By adhering to the Code of Conduct, participants can do their part in making Bread&Net 2021 a success.


Discrimination


At Bread&Net, we do not tolerate unfair discrimination, including, but not limited to, on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity and expression, sexuality, religion, age, class, nationality, ethnicity, disability, medical condition, physical appearance, body size, and language. Accordingly, our participants may not conduct themselves in a way that unjustifiably favours or discriminates against particular individuals or interests.

Harassment


We are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment in which no participant is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any Bread&Net activity. Harassment is therefore strictly prohibited. Harassment encompasses forms of unwelcome conduct, including physical, verbal, sexual, intellectual and otherwise, that can create a hostile environment which erodes this commitment, and may occur online or in person.

Examples of unacceptable behaviours includes:

  • Be considerate and respectful to all community members.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior, materials, and speech.
  • Speak up if they observe anything at an event that conflicts with this Code of Conduct.
  • Verbal or written comments that reinforce oppression related to race, gender, gender identity and expression, color, sexuality, religion, age, class, nationality, ethnicity, disability, medical condition, physical appearance, body size, and language;
  • Intentional dismissal of a participant’s gender identity, expression or sexual orientation in any form;
  • Imitating or making fun of accents or grammatical errors, or giving unsolicited grammar corrections (clarifying questions are permitted);
  • Verbal or written threats or demands;
  • Sexualized images in public spaces or non-consensual image sharing;
  • Intimidation;
  • Stalking;
  • Harassing photography or recording;
  • Sustained disruption of sessions or activities;
  • Unwelcome physical or virtual contact or sexual attention;
  • Enlisting the help of others, whether in person or online, in order to target a participant;
  • Dismissive or derisive comments about safe spaces, harassment, codes of conduct and related processes and mechanisms;
  • Doxxing : Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information;
  • Advocating for or encouraging any of the above behavior.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Disruption of presentations during sessions will be considered unacceptable behavior and dealt with immediately. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and/or any B&N Staff Member or designated personnel.

Privacy and Confidentiality

All participants are obligated to respect the privacy of fellow participants. This obligation is heightened due to the nature and format of an online event. Participants may use pseudonyms, turn their cameras off during sessions, or take any other reasonable measure in order to protect their privacy. Participants are free to repeat information shared during a session, but the identity, affiliation or other personal information of other participants may not be shared without their expressed consent. Participants will also refrain from posting about specific individuals or tagging them on social media unless express consent is obtained. At the start of each session, speakers and moderators will remind participants of the level of privacy expected. This will also be noted in the session description.

Video and audio recording of sessions and activities is forbidden. Written records of sessions, including through transcripts, blogs, and articles, must redact the identifying information of fellow participants unless their express consent is provided.

Adherence to the Code


Failure to comply with this Code will be dealt with promptly, seriously, and confidentially. If you fall victim to / become a target of such behavior or aware of actions by others that conflict with this Code, please send us your complaint immediately via Signal number: +961 81 633 133 or on breadandnet@smex.org. Your complaint will remain anonymous unless you express consent to the alternative. If your concern or complaint regards a member of the Code of Conduct committee, we can assure you that the committee member will not handle your complaint, nor will the contents of your complaint, including your identity, be disclosed to them. If this makes you uncomfortable, or you would otherwise find this process difficult for another reason, you may reach out to a member of the Bread&Net team you trust, and they will escalate your complaint to the appropriate channels.
The Code of Conduct committee will respond to all complaints appropriately, taking into account the nature and severity of the offense, and support for the complainant. Possible actions the committee may take include, but are not limited to, warnings, expulsion from future Bread&Net iterations, or restricting access to our social media channels. In exceptional cases, criminal charges may be filed. Individuals about whom the complaint is made will be given an opportunity to make representations to the committee either during or after the event.
We welcome constructive comments from participants on our Code of Conduct. Please contact us at breadandnet@smex.org.