Last modified: 12/07/2019

Ethics Agreement

Introduction

This Code of Conduct and Ethics (“CCE” or “Ethics Agreement”) is meant to promote a safe, secure, respectful, and ethical environment for everyone. This CCE applies to all Asterisk events, and all other events that choose to adopt it. It is fully expected that all persons taking any part in the event in question comply with the CCE at all times.

The ethics portion of this agreement is meant to be more than just a list of rules designed to restrict you. Rather it is there to guide members of a community on the lessons learned from the negative experiences of those that came before them.

General Guidelines

Be a nice person.

It is expected that any person asked to stop harassing, inappropriate, or otherwise unwanted behavior will comply with the request immediately, without question or delay. Otherwise, the person may be disqualified and asked to leave the premises immediately.

Inclusivity

Our events are inclusive.

We are dedicated to providing a comfortable environment: a safe and discrimination-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, political views, previous hackathon attendance/experience or lack thereof, computing experience or lack thereof, chosen programming language or technology stack or lack thereof, alongside any other personal attributes, physical, mental, or otherwise.

Harassment

Harassment of any person in any form will not be tolerated in any form.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to: offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual, inappropriate, or otherwise offensive imagery in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, or otherwise unwelcome attention, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, or any inappropriate interaction. If your actions are making someone feel uncomfortable be it intentional or not, that can be deemed harassment and is enough reason to cease that activity.

Harassment may go beyond the event itself. A harassment “Medium” may include: projects, talks, presentations, demos, workshops, social media, or any other method of verbal, visual, or auditory communication whatsoever. Repercussions of post-event harassment may include removal of any posted projects, disqualification of any prizes, or any other means available.

Decency

Be decent.

Any parties involved with the event should not use sexualised images, activities, speech, or other material through any Medium or otherwise create a sexualised environment. This applies to all parties, including attendees, sponsors, mentors, staff, volunteers.

Respectfulness

Be respectful.

We won’t all agree with each other all the time, but disagreement is not grounds for disrespect.

It is expected and required that all persons interact with each other in a respectful and understanding manner. Any disrespectful behaviour including (but not limited to), threats of violence, insubordination, discriminatory jokes and or language, sexually explicit or violent material share in any manner, personal insults, or advocating or encouraging for the disrespectful behaviour in question, may be met with action that may include disqualification and expulsion from the event.

Consideration

Be considerate.

Diverse opinions and views are not a bad thing. We all have varying perspectives on issues, which can and often is very valuable to solving problems or generating ideas. Being unwilling, or unable to understand someone else’s perspective does not mean that they’re wrong, just that they may see things differently. We are all humans that are subject to making mistakes, and harsh action doesn’t lead anywhere good. We must focus on resolving issues and learning from mistakes.

Deception

Be truthful.

Deception is where any persons are misled or wrongly informed through any Mediums. Types of deception may include deliberate misleading, e.g., using staged manipulations or deceptive instructions; deception by omission, e.g., failure to disclose complete information, or creating ambiguity. All persons should avoid deceiving others at all times.

Confidentiality

Don’t name people without consent.

All information gained about persons must be kept anonymous to outside third parties unless express consent is provided. Names must not be used in a slandering manner through any Mediums, and persons must be given the option to exclude themselves from direct identification of any sort.

Photography

Ask for permission.

Photography is encouraged and allowed, within reason. Photographed persons must be given a reasonable chance to opt out of being photographed, and having anythe already taken photograph (if applicable) removed and deleted from any and all platforms with or without provided reason regardless of justifiability of reason or lack thereof.

Internet Usage

CCE applies to internet use.

Internet access may be provided as a resource and expected to be used by all persons present at the event. It is a resource provided to facilitate the exchange of information. Users of this resource are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not interfere with, or harass individual activities. All standards discussed here for “IRL” interactions apply to online interactions.

Ethical standards that apply to the use of this resource are derived directly from standards of common sense that apply to any shared resource. This resource may not be used to make or perpetuate offensive, rude, obscene or harassing material. It may not be used to inappropriately broadcast messages to groups or individuals. It may also not be used to perpetuate any messaging, communication, or data transfer that violates applicable laws and regulations.

Security

We are here for your safety. Please contact Staff for any issues.

Staff members (i.e. organizers, security, event staff, etc. Collectively “Staff”) will be present and happy to help in any violation of the CCE. If necessary, Staff will help contact law enforcement, provide escorts, or take any other measures to ensure the safety and comfort of the participants and the integrity of the event. Your safety is valued and is of utmost importance.

Reporting Procedures

If at any point you feel uncomfortable or think there may be a potential violation of the CCE, please report it immediately to Staff using the following methods. All reporters will remain anonymous.

If you are uncomfortable reporting your situation in person, you may directly contact the following Asterisk Staff members using the contact details listed below:

We would also like to note that any and all projects (i.e. hacks, submissions, etc.) created at any event that has adopted this CCE must equally comply with the CCE, and are subject to any sanctions deemed necessary within, before, or beyond the timeframe of the event.

Asterisk, alongside events adopting this CCE, and associated parties with administrative power approved in advance of, during, or after the event in question reserve the right to make revisions, exceptions, or otherwise amend these rules and regulations in whole or in part at their own discretion with or without supplementary material or agreements that may or may not have to be ratified independently. Any concerns regarding the contents of this document can be voiced directly to the Staff of the event in question, or to Asterisk through hello@weareasterisk.com.

Parties found violating this agreement may be sanctioned, or expelled from the event with or without prior notice, with or without clarified reason at the sole discretion of the Staff members.