Technologists for the Public Good is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of race, nationality, religion, sexual identity or orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, country of origin, age, ability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other identity protected by applicable law. We do not tolerate discrimination and harassment of participants in any form. The Safety team is responsible for enforcement of the code of conduct and handles any violations to our policies. Anyone in violation of these policies may be expelled from our activities and events at the discretion of the event organizer, the TPG Safety team, or the TPG Board of Directors.
We recognize a diverse membership increases our ability to have a positive impact on the communities we serve. With that diverse membership comes varied experiences. We work to maintain a safe environment where members feel comfortable being heard. This includes at member meetings, in Slack conversations, official internal and external organization communications, member-to-member interactions, and any other TPG-facilitated engagement. We also do not tolerate harassment or abuse by members against others, regardless of TPG affiliation, based on their identity.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.
Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.
Threats of violence.
Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
Stalking or following.
Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
Sustained disruption of discussion.
Unwelcome sexual attention.
Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
Publication of non-harassing private communication.
TPG prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. The Safety team reserves the right not to act on complaints regarding:
‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”
Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions