Conference Code of Conduct

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The Massachusetts Pirate Party is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. The Massachusetts Pirate Party events are open, inclusive forums for sharing of ideas. Massachusetts Pirate Party participants include speakers, vendors, makers, tinkerers, families, students, and everyone else wanting to experience our events and be part of our community.

It is important for participants to step beyond prejudices, societal norms, and other perspectives that lead to disrespect for people and groups. Everyone is welcome at Massachusetts Pirate Party events, regardless of race, class, gender identity or expression, age, ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, disability, sexual orientation, personal appearance, or education level, text editor choice, and other aspects of who we are.

In short: Massachusetts Pirate Party is a space for tolerance and respect.

The Massachusetts Pirate Party strongly values free speech. We also value our attendees, and do not want any to feel marginalized or intimidated. We encourage talks that address hard topics. We also encourage everyone to think about how offhand comments they make about others may contribute to making some feel unwelcome in this community.

The Massachusetts Pirate Party officers are available to provide guidance, and to mediate disputes, should they arise.

The Massachusetts Pirate Party seeks to ensure no attendee is harassed. This includes, but is not limited to: deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, or unwelcome sexual attention.

The conference staff reserves the right to eject anyone from the conference at any time. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have related concerns, we encourage you to contact a member of conference staff immediately.

You can find information to contact a member of the CoC team either on posters around the conference, or from the information desk.

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