Digital Security Exchange

DSX Code of Conduct

This code of conduct applies to all DSX spaces, either in online interactions or associated events or social gatherings. Organizations, Providers, and participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by the rules detailed below.

DSX is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for addressing and discussing issues related to the digital security of the communities in which we work. In particular, we aim to banish any shame or stigma surrounding partners’ digital security mistakes or hacking, so we encourage all those involved to approach interactions with open and supportive attitudes, and to engage constructively with others at all times.

DSX is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), technology choices, skillset or level of knowledge. We do not tolerate harassment of community members in any form.

Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the DSX team.


Harassment may occur online or in person. Examples of unacceptable behaviours include:

  1. Offensive comments which reinforce social structures of domination and/or are related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
  2. Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  3. Deliberate misgendering or use of “dead” or rejected names.
  4. Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
  5. Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  6. Threats of violence.
  7. Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  8. Deliberate intimidation.
  9. Stalking or following.
  10. Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  11. Sustained disruption of discussion, talks or other events.
  12. Unwelcome sexual attention or physical contact.
  13. Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  14. Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
  15. Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  16. Publication of non-harassing private communication.
  17. Publishing another persons’ private information, such as physical or electronic addresses, without explicit permission
  18. Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour
  19. Drugging food or drink
  20. Violating the event privacy policy in order to attract negative attention to an attendee
  21. Enlisting the help of others, whether in person or online, in order to target an attendee

We prioritize marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. Our team will not act on complaints regarding:

Let someone leave a conversation that makes them uncomfortable, and do not follow people who asked to be left alone. If you discuss difficult topics that may be traumatic for participants, provide warnings so people may leave a conversation or plan coping strategies.


If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact us at [email protected] or, on Signal, 413-629-8478. Reports are confidential. You will not be asked to take actions that make you feel unsafe.

This code of conduct applies to DSX spaces, but if you are being harassed by a person involved in DSX outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The abuse team reserves the right to exclude people from DSX based on their past behavior, including behavior outside DSX spaces. We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of partners or people involved with CiviCDR. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our community for everyone. We want you to be happy in our community as people like you make it a better place. If the person who is harassing you is part of the organising staff, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, Response Team may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all CiviCDR spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other CiviCDR members or the general public.


This policy is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. It is public domain, no credit and no open licensing of your version is required.

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community, and also the Code Of Conduct Generator.