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İstanbul Java User Group,be aware that harassment has been a long-standing issue in the tech community. Also we know that the technology sector is not wholly representative all of our society.

 

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, 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 conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

 

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Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, 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.

 

We’re voicing our sincere support of appropriate behavior by all participants at our organized technical events.  We invite you to help us make every technical conference a place that is respectful to all participants,  so everyone can focus on the conference itself, the possibilities of technology and community richness that can happen.

 

One issue that has come up at some technical conferences is sexual language, sexism and comments prejudice to various religious communities, the LGBTI community or people with disabilities. This is not appropriate.

 

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

 

 

Harassment includes:

 

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour  in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence.
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Stalking or following.
  • 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” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.

 

 

Basically, speakers and exhibitors should use good judgment; if we hear complaints and we think they are warranted, you may not be invited back.

 

If we hear that you are that individual, we will investigate and take any action we feel is appropriate, including asking you to leave.

 

Please bring any concerns to the immediate attention of the event staff. If, for any reason, you’re not comfortable approaching them then please talk to whichever of our staff or steering committee you feel most comfortable with. You will be listened to and taken seriously.

 

We thank our attendees for their help in keeping the event welcoming, respectful, and friendly to all participants. As a community, and a species, we should make sure that we continuously strive to improve technology.

 

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