Bread&Net and its organizers are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for discussing issues related to freedom of expression, human rights and online safety.
We encourage all participants to approach the event with open and positive attitudes, and to engage constructively with others at all times. It is vital that discussions include many different opinions and experiences, so we do not tolerate any kind of harassment. Bread&Net is a safe space where participants can freely express themselves and their opinions in a manner that does not conflict with this Code of Conduct.
We will take action in response to harassment related to national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical characteristics, disability, medical condition, religion, and age.
Harassment may occur online or in person. Examples of unacceptable behaviors include:
1. Verbal comments that reinforce oppression related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age or religion (or lack thereof);
2. Intentional dismissal of an attendee’s gender identity, expression or sexual orientation in any form;
3. Imitating or making fun of accents or grammatical errors, or giving unsolicited grammar corrections (but clarifying questions are fine);
4. Verbal threats or demands;
5. Sexualized images in public spaces or non-consensual image sharing;
8. Harassing photography or recording;
9. Sustained disruption of sessions or events;
10. Unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention;
11. Drugging food or drink;
13. Enlisting the help of others, whether in person or online, in order to target an attendee;
14. Dismissive or derisive comments about safe spaces, harassment, codes of conduct and related processes and mechanisms;
15. Advocating for or encouraging any of the above behavior.
Let someone leave a conversation that makes them uncomfortable, and do not follow people who ask 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.
Participants who are asked to stop harassing behaviors are expected to cease immediately. Depending on severity of harassment or repeat offenses, the Code of Conduct Committee as well as Bread&Net team will respond appropriately. Responses could include but are not limited to verbal warnings or immediate expulsion from the event.
All reports made to the Code of Conduct Committee will be in confidence and anonymous unless the complainant explicitly gives consent otherwise. Individuals found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct will be offered an opportunity to follow-up with the Code of Conduct Committee and/or event organizers after the event.
We count on everyone, from partner organizations to individuals, to do their part to ensure positive experiences for all participants. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of Bread&Net team member immediately. See "Reporting Violations" below for contact information.
Code of Conduct Committee
Code of Conduct Committee members can be clearly identified by their blue lanyards. Ask Bread&Net team to help you reach the CoC Committee members.
If your concern involves a member of this Committee, they will be excluded from handling your report.
Reports can be made confidentially by doing one of the following:
All reports are confidential. You will not be asked to take actions that make you feel unsafe. Bread&Net team will be happy to help participants contact local emergency assistance, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment, to feel safe for the duration of the conference.
Local Emergency Information
The following emergency services numbers can be dialed free of charge from both fixed-line or mobile phones:
Note that the closest hospital to the Bread&Net venue is the American University of Beirut Medical Center (also known as American University Hospital, or AUH).
There are many participants who have undertaken considerable personal risk to be present in this space. There are also many participants who may wish not to have knowledge of their presence made public.
There will be an area for press where they can conduct interviews. This area will be clearly marked. In addition:
Failure to comply with any of the above stated policies constitutes sufficient grounds for expulsion from the event