• Code of Conduct

    Attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at the Data Governance Design Conference are expected to agree with the following code of conduct.
    Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.
    We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

    Need help?

    Please contact Sean McDonald.

    The Quick Version

    The Data Governance Design Conference strives to be a dynamic, inclusive space to help foster an emerging space for collaboration between researchers, policymakers, engineers, technologists, political scientists, funders, sociologists, and hopefully many more disciplines. The goals of this event are to find commonality - structural issues and questions that frame the emerging field of data governance, coming together from a range of disciplines to share, learn, and articulate the shared questions we believe unlock better practice.

    The Data Governance Design Conference is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, legal status, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.

    We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any of our sessions or breakouts, breaks or reception, or on Twitter and other online media as related to the conference.


    Conference participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.

    The Less Quick Version

    Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, legal status, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Deliberate intimidation is construed broadly by the organizers - this is a learning space, be kind.

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

    Sponsors and organizers are also subject to the anti-harassment policy.

    If a participant engages in harassing behavior or makes others feel unsafe, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference.

    If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Sean McDonald immediately.

    We expect participants to follow these rules during the conference and break-out sessions/workshops and the reception.


    Original source and credit for this Conference Code of Conduct: adapted from MERL Tech by Kurante, JS Conf, and The Ada Initiative. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.