mySociety is dedicated to a harassment-free experience for everyone. This page sets out our anti-harassment policy and tells you where you can report violations.
Code of Conduct for all mySociety events
mySociety is dedicated to a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religious opinions. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in our events, in any form, online or offline.
This code of conduct applies to all mySociety spaces, including: social media, mailing lists, conference venues, workshops, and social events.
How to report an incident
Violations of the following code may be reported face-to-face to any member of the mySociety team at events.
Alternatively, if you wish to make an online report, which may be anonymous, you can do so here.
If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will remove themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.
What constitutes a violation of the Code of Conduct?
Violations include, but are not limited to:
- Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion
- Sexual comments or images in public or directly to attendees, without permission
- Deliberate intimidation; following or stalking
- Photography or recording of specific participants unless explicit permission has been given*
- Sustained disruption of talks or other events
- Inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention
Event attendees asked to cease in any of the behaviour listed above will be expected to comply immediately. On receiving a report of violations, the event organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund.
If you are being harassed by another participant in the event, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the mySociety team using the reporting process set out above. All reports will be handled in the strictest confidence.
Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our community for everyone. We want you to be happy in our community. Think before you speak, act, or tweet, and you’ll be helping to make a better experience for all.
*Photography and videoing of presentations is generally permitted, unless stated beforehand.
We sometimes video and photograph mySociety events for use on our blog and social media. If you would prefer not to feature in these, please make this known to one of the team at the beginning of the event.