This is the NetThing 2019 Code of Conduct, borrowed from New Zealand’s NetHui event. There will be minor changes to this in 2020 to take in to account our distributed model and virtual streams. 

NetThing is a community event about the Internet, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are equally valued. The event is open to all people regardless of age, background, gender or ethnicity.

A respectful, open attitude towards others is expected from all participants, speakers, exhibitors and volunteers. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated and may result in your removal from the event.

The four pillars

  • Respect people.
  • Enable participation.
  • Stay on topic.
  • Keep it safe.

Code of conduct

NetThing is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, age or religion.

We do not tolerate harassment of NetThing participants in any form.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour will be expected to comply immediately. NetThing participants who break these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from NetThing at the discretion of the organisers.

Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, age, religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, NetThing organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or asking the offender to leave the event.

If you experience or witness any form of harassment or behaviour you think is inappropriate you can report this to someone on the NetThing Volunteer and Safety Team. All volunteer team members will be identifiable by their pink fancy accessories which will be pointed out at the start of the day. In addition, Craig Ng and Lynne Spender are your safety guardians for the day.

In serious situations, a NetThing Safety Team member can help participants contact venue security or Police, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of NetThing.

We expect participants to follow this code of conduct at all NetThing venues and NetThing-related social events. This includes all online/digital NetThing-related spaces, including social media and online chat channels.

We value your being at NetThing, and want everyone to feel safe and included, and to have fun!

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