Code of Conduct

WeAreHackerz is a community born from a need for people of marginalized genders in the cybersecurity community to have a space to:

  • feel comfortable and seen

  • have support from kindred spirits

  • gather resources and learn more as to further their careers

  • not feel isolated wherever in the world they are

  • explore different parts of InfoSec in space safe from judgement and criticism of social media and the public

 

We are here to support:

  • curious minds, whether or not they know what they want

  • anyone in the tech or infosec space who wants to share their knowledge

  • any experience level, to improve themselves in the technical space, leadership space, etc.

  • those who represent blue team, purple team, red team, and everything in between (yes, this includes those who may or may not identify with a team yet)

  • those who want support and guidance from other non-binary and women, and be heard

  • those who just want to lay back and chill and talk to others who just “get it”

 

Who is Invited?

You are welcome to join WeAreHackerz if you identify as a person of a marginalized gender, including but not limited to non-binary individuals, women (trans and cis), trans men, genderqueer, etc. We welcome members across all nationalities, races, religions, ages, or other characteristics that make each of us unique.

 

Cis male friends and allies: we appreciate your support, but this space is for us.

 

WHz as a Safe Space

WeAreHackerz is a Safe Space. What does this mean?

 

We believe that a safe space is a place where everyone has the ability to let their guard down. It is tiring to keep up defenses all the time when you just want to kick back, relax, and be your authentic self.

 

We can find strength in diversity. Different people have different perspectives on issues, and that can be valuable for solving problems or generating new ideas. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn't mean that they're wrong.

 

However, it is not a license for offending others unapologetically. We expect folks to be respectful and kind to each other. We expect miscommunications to occur from time to time, and someone may get offended or hurt. We only ask that we try to learn from our mistakes and move on.

 

Moderators will be available to clear up any miscommunications, and we will work with you to resolve conflicts. Please be mindful that the volunteer moderators may not be around 24/7, but we will try our best to sort things out. Please read below (under Reporting) to learn how to get a hold of us.


 

Code of Conduct

Note: “WeAreHackerz” in this document refers to the WeAreHackerz organization at WeAreHackerz.slack.com. “The administrators” refers to the administrators on this organization, a list is available at the top of the Team Directory (must be a member of the organization to view).

 

WeAreHackerz is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

 

This code of conduct applies to all WeAreHackerz spaces, including public channels, private channels and direct messages, both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the administrators.

 

Some WeAreHackerz spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

 

We all depend on each other to keep this community safe, supportive, and fun. Your actions can affect others, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions.

 

General Policies

  • As Slack is our main platform, we abide by Slack policies. This includes the requirement that all Slack users must be the age of 16 and above.

  • No harassment. See below for definition.

  • No questioning or challenging someone’s stated self-identity or chosen labels, even if they conflict with your own views and even if well-intentioned. This is explained below.

  • Not everyone’s pronouns are guaranteed to be she/her/hers even if this is a women’s group. Please respect other people’s pronouns.

  • No publication of private communication except for the purpose of reporting harassing behavior to admins.

  • No advocating for members to be banned, except in direct messages, or private discussion with admins.

  • No gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.

  • Do not disclose WeAreHackerz webinars, workshops, and training materials without explicit approval from the admins or the workshop facilitators. This includes links and calendar events. See below for more details.

  • No hacking each other without consent.

 

What Constitutes Harassment

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, national origin, ethnic origin, nationality, immigration status, language, religion or lack thereof, or other identity marker. This includes anti-Indigenous/Nativeness and anti-Blackness.

  • Deliberate misgendering or use of “dead” or rejected names

  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment

  • Threats of violence or incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm

  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop

  • Deliberate intimidation

  • Stalking or following. This includes cyberstalking.

  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes

  • Sustained disruption of discussion

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others

  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease

  • Deliberate “outing” or “dox’ing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse

 

WeAreHackerz respects the right of marginalized groups to speak up against oppressive behaviors. Therefore administrators may not act on complaints regarding:

  • “Reverse”-isms, including “reverse racism,” “reverse sexism,” and “cisphobia”

  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”

  • Communicating in a “tone” you don’t find congenial

  • Speaking against racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions

 

The examples listed above are not against the Code of Conduct.

 

Reporting

If you are being harassed by a member of WeAreHackerz, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the administrators by typing /admin <your message> in Slack, or contact an admin directly via DM. If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

 

This code of conduct applies to WeAreHackerz spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of WeAreHackerz outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by WeAreHackerz members, especially the administrators, 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 WeAreHackerz based on their past behavior, including behavior outside WeAreHackerz spaces and behavior towards people who are not in WeAreHackerz.

 

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

 

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 WeAreHackerz members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

 

Consequences

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

 

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the administrators may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all WeAreHackerz spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other WeAreHackerz members or the general public.

 

Webinar/Workshop Confidentiality Policy

By default, all postings and workshop/webinar content is not to be shared outside of WeAreHackerz. When downloading content, such as recordings, you are not allowed to share outside of WeAreHackerz. This also includes links to events. If you share this information outside, you may be suspended or banned from the group.

 

Exceptions may be made ONLY with the explicit written approval of the webinar/workshop facilitators or WeAreHackerz admins.

 

However, if a posting is asking to share outside in one's networks, this is acceptable. If it seems unknown, please contact the poster to ask before sharing.

 

Explanation of Label Policing Rule

This rule is inspired by the deliberation of the LGBTQ in Slack community CoC, where they explain [citation]:

 

Discussion of Labels

 

The rule in the Code of Conduct about avoiding discussions about identity labels may seem odd at first, but it comes with some history.

 

There have been recurring discussions about some labels over the lifetime of the slack, particularly when it came to using “bi(sexual/romantic)” vs “pan(sexual/romantic)” as an identity label. Both of these labels may mean different things, and the discussion in the LGBTQ community involving them can be particularly contentious. Our experience with these discussions was that it was very easy to be accusative or dismissive of other (for example, implying or stating that bi-identifying individuals or their label are inherently against trans or non-binary people). These discussions were often more disruptive and stressful than fruitful, and it was clear that sometimes the larger context was intentionally or accidentally ignored (for example, the erasure that both bi and pan people so often face in the queer community).

 

It is a policy of this community that people’s own identities (and corresponding labels) must be respected as presented, and since there did not seem to be a clear way to prevent the cycle of challenging and relitigating the issue, a decision was made to ban that, and any such discussion – this now includes any discussion related to trans vs trans*, lesbian vs bi, ‘gay’ and ‘queer’ as generics, etc. Note that this only applies for self-identification. Forcibly applying a label that you think is fitting to someone who does not self-identify that way is still considered harassment as per our Code of Conduct.

 

If you are unsure what a label means, feel free to research it externally or, if the person who used the label clearly consents to the conversation, ask them in private for a simple clarification, but understand that the CoC will most likely not favor you if the conversation goes awry. Do not have these discussions in open channels. Because of their inherent complexity, it is too easy to step on toes even if you don’t mean to, in very serious, hurtful ways.

 

Due to the nature of these discussions, we feel that this rule may need to apply in our safe space. We encourage everyone to educate themselves on identities and other cultures, but as a general rule, WeAreHackerz public channels are not the proper forum to do so.

 

More about this Document

  • This document is published with a Creative Commons Zero License.

  • This document was inspired by the codes of conduct of the Women In Technology and LGBTQ in Tech communities.

  • Please note our platform runs on Slack. As such, we also abide to their policies: https://slack.com/legal 

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