Code of Conduct

To ensure an open, inclusive and friendly environment during the SEEDIG meetings and events (in situ and online), as well as in the context of all other SEEDIG activities, participants are expected to:

  • Treat all other participants equally, irrespective of nationality, gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, disability, age, or sexual orientation. All participants in SEEDIG meetings and events should treat each other with civility, both face to face and online.
  • Focus discussion or remarks on issues rather than on particular actors, be they individuals, groups, organisations or governments, and refrain from ad hominem attacks.
  • Act in a reasonable, objective and informed manner when participating in and/or using any SEEDIG discussion platform.
  • Listen and respect the views of all stakeholders when considering and discussing Internet and digital policy issues. SEDIG is a multistakeholder environment and those who take part in SEEDIG meetings, events and intersessional activities should acknowledge the importance of all stakeholders and seek to understand their points of view.
  • Facilitate transparency and openness when participating in Internet governance and digital policy discussions.
  • Act fairly and in good faith with other participants in SEEDIG events/meetings/activities.
  • Promote ethical and responsible behaviour. Ethics and integrity are essential, and we expect all stakeholders to behave in a responsible and principled way.
  • Not misuse the digital platforms used for the meeting to share unappropriated digital material, such as sending malicious files via chat, sharing inappropriate pictures or videos while given the floor, or use the chat functions for business or political promotion or for ad hominem attacks.

Failure to adhere to the above guidelines and principles may result in exclusion from our meetings, events and activities.

[Based on the Code of Conduct of the Internet Governance Forum]