NetThing is a community event to discuss how the Internet works, and doesn’t work so well, for
Australians. At NetThing, everyone’s opinions and ideas are equally valued. The event is happening
around Australia in both physical and online spaces, and is open to people of all ages, backgrounds,
genders and ethnicities.
We expect everyone to be treated equally and with respect at all NetThing physical and online spaces,
as well as any NetThing-related social events and related social media and online chat channels.
NetThing is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender,
gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity,
age, religion and profession.
We value your wellbeing at NetThing, and want everyone to feel safe and included, and to have fun!
The four pillars of NetThing participation:
A respectful, open attitude towards others is expected from all participants, speakers, exhibitors and
volunteers. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated and may result in your removal from the
We do not tolerate harassment of NetThing participants in any form.
What is harassment?
Some forms of harassment includes, but is not limited to:
Anyone asked to stop any behaviour deemed harassing or inappropriate will be expected to comply
immediately. NetThing participants who break these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from
NetThing at the discretion of the organisers.
If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, NetThing organisers may take any action they deem
appropriate, including warning the offender or asking the offender to leave the event.
If you experience or witness any form of harassment or behaviour you think is inappropriate you can
report this to a Member of our Safety Team or a NetThing Team Member. Safety officers will be
identified at the beginning of each online and in-person session.
In particularly serious situations, or if one persists, escalates, or is deemed to be dangerous to any
attendee, including organisers and speakers, the NetThing Team will not hesitate to contact venue
security (in cases of in-person incidents) and/or local law enforcement.
Something Has Happened. What do I do?
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or uncomfortable either online or in-person, please
report it as soon as possible to a NetThing Team Member. Harassment and other Code of Conduct
violations make NetThing unpleasant for everyone - and we want our community to be happy and safe
at all times.
Telling someone else what happened to you can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as
possible. We won’t ask you to confront anyone, and we won’t tell anyone who you are.
If the incident happened to you in person:
If the incident happened online:
Depending on the incident, other NetThing Team Members may need to be involved to resolve the
situation and ensure your report is managed properly.
This Code of Conduct has been adapted from New Zealand’s NetHui event, as well as the Geek Feminism Wiki created by the Ada Initiative.