CODE OF CONDUCT

The organizers of The Web Conference 2021 (TheWebCon 2021) are committed to providing a welcoming, safe, respectful, non-discriminatory, harassment-free, and inclusive experience for everyone. We will do our best to accommodate specific needs such as accessibility. Equity at its heart is about removing barriers, biases, and obstacles that impede equal access and opportunity to succeed. Diversity is fundamentally about valuing human differences and recognizing diverse talents. Inclusion is the active engagement of Diversity and Equity. Our policies draw upon and are consistent with ACM’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, ACM’s Policy Against Harassment, as well as ACM’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.

Harassment and/or discrimination can be deliberate or unintentional. We ask that everyone to act in good faith, however harassment (and discrimination) often occurs alongside the best of intentions. Harassment committed in a joking manner or disguised as a compliment still constitutes unacceptable behavior. In any case, because harassment and discrimination are immensely harmful, TheWebCon condemns the following behaviors — we have no tolerance for inappropriate and prohibited behaviors in any form from any participant of the conference, whether during the review process, at the conference itself, and on social media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or subject to other stern repercussions at the discretion of the conference organizers.

 

  • Comments that target conference attendees based on their gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, marital status, military status, ability, class, thinking style, or physical appearance
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Unwelcome or unwanted sexual attention, stalking, or following
  • Physical assault (including unwelcome touch or groping)
  • Real or implied threat of physical harm
  • Real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm
  • Advocating or encouraging any of the above behaviors

With the above considerations in mind, TheWebCon 2021 seeks to enable engaging, thought provoking conversations that support the conference’s core mission. Participants should report any behavior inconsistent with the principles outlined here to TheWebCon 2021’s Diversity and Inclusion Chair and the General Chairs, or follow ACM’s Procedures for Reporting Unacceptable Behavior where they will have an opportunity to provide a concise description of the grievance. Participants do not have to be the target of harassment to file a report. If you were witness to the event or overheard the event described to you, as a good bystander we encourage you to report it so long as you have obtained consent from the target. When reporting, include the 5 W’s [who, what, where, when, why]. Grievances will be handled in accordance with TheWebCon’s existing procedures.

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