The IO Foundation

Code of Conduct

Version 1.5 | This Code of Conduct was approved on 01 January 2021.
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This document employs terms related to the DCDR Advocacy that can be found in the TIOF terminology.
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This Code of Conduct applies to:
It also applies within all TIOF spaces, including (although not limited to) management activities, project contributions or events as well as when representing the TIOF in public spaces.
Examples of representing our community include (although not limited to) using an official e-mail address, posting via an official social media account or acting as an appointed representative at an event.

Our Personal Pledge

We as members and contributors, pledge to make the participation in our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of any personal characteristic dimension that essentially amplifies differences among people instead of embracing their similarities.
By participating in this activity, we pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming and healthy community.
We likewise pledge to strive to achieve TIOF's mission and vision by embracing its values, which will inform our decisions at all times. Finally, we will be observant of the Dhatham House Rule in all of our digital interactions.

The Organization's Pledge

As an international organization that heavily relies in the free exchange of ideas, we pledge that:
  • We will never discipline or fire employees, dismiss volunteers or any other member associated with TIOF on the basis of pressure from online activism or other shapes of public & private pressure and/or shaming. We respect and adhere to both the principles of intent and of presumption of innocence and will always proceed with due diligence to investigate and resolve conflict under the framework provided by the Law.
  • We have no interest in our members' political opinions and how they choose to express themselves outside the workplace is by no means up to TIOF to judge or act upon.
  • We will not probe into our members' thoughts with “unconscious bias training” (or any such similar initiatives) or force them to undertake workshops that presuppose the existence of “systemic injustice” in any form or shape.
  • TIOF will always circumscribe its statements and work strictly towards advancing its Data-Centric Digital Rights advocacy, unburdened by fealty to any other causes, political or ideological, or claims to promote certain “values”. Our sole aim is to make a positive impact to promote better and safer technology under the guidance of the DCDR Principles.
  • While we won't engage and waste time and resources in such public debates, we will not tolerate the public shaming of either members or contributors should they cause offense (even perceived), either through a joke or poor phrasing, and will instead seek to resolve internally the disputes that naturally occur when human beings work together. We recognize that absolutely everyone is a person in constant evolution and change and therefore care about intentions just as much as consequences.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to a positive environment for our community include:
  • Acting rationally
  • Demonstrating empathy and kindness towards other people
  • Being respectful of differing opinions, viewpoints and experiences
  • Giving and gracefully accepting constructive feedback
  • Accepting responsibility and apologizing to those affected by our mistakes and learning from the experience
  • Refusing to weaponize others' mistakes
  • Focusing on what is best, not just for us as individuals but for the overall community and project
Always remember: We have far more in common than that which divides us.
Jo Cox
Examples of unacceptable behavior include:
  • The use of sexualized language or imagery and sexual attention or advances of any kind
    Note: There is nothing wrong with the above, there are simply other places for it
  • Trolling, insulting or otherwise derogatory comments and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others' private information, such as (although not limited to) a physical or email address, without their explicit permission
    Please refer the Dhatham House Rule.
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting

Enforcement Responsibilities

TIOF leaders are responsible for clarifying and enforcing the standards of acceptable behavior described in this Code of Conduct and will take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any behavior that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive or otherwise harmful.
TIOF leaders have the right and responsibility to remove, edit or reject comments, commits, code, issues and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct and will communicate reasons for those moderations when appropriate.


Instances of abusive, harassing or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported to the community leaders responsible for enforcement at [email protected]. All complaints will be reviewed and investigated promptly and fairly.
All members are obligated to respect the privacy and security of the all the parties involved in any incident.

Enforcement Guidelines

TIOF leaders will follow these Community Impact Guidelines in determining the consequences for any action they deem in violation of this Code of Conduct:

1. Correction

Impact: Use of inappropriate language or other behavior deemed unprofessional or unwelcome in the community.
Consequence: A private, written warning from community leaders, providing clarity around the nature of the violation and an explanation of why the behavior was inappropriate. A public apology may be requested and/or required.

2. Warning

Impact: A violation through a single incident or series of actions.
Consequence: A warning with consequences for continued behavior. No interaction with the people involved, including unsolicited interaction with those enforcing the Code of Conduct, for a specified period of time. This includes avoiding interactions in TIOF spaces as well as external channels like social media. Violating these terms may lead to a temporary or permanent ban.

3. Temporary Ban

Impact: A serious violation of community standards, including sustained inappropriate behavior.
Consequence: A temporary ban from any sort of interaction or public communication with the community for a specified period of time. No public or private interaction with the people involved, including unsolicited interaction with those enforcing the Code of Conduct, is allowed during this period. Violating these terms may lead to a permanent ban.

4. Permanent Ban

Impact: Demonstrating a pattern of violation of community standards, including sustained inappropriate behavior, harassment of an individual, or aggression toward or disparagement of classes of individuals.
Consequence: A permanent ban from any sort of public interaction within the community.


This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 2.0.
Other sources of inspiration are: