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Code of Conduct

TL;DR. Don't be a dick.


BSides Cleveland is about bringing the Security community together for the free exchange of ideas, with a hacker attitude. Expressing radical viewpoints is welcome, and a high degree of skepticism on all sides is expected. At the same time, our community is diverse, and part of the hacker ethos is that it's not how you look that matters, it's what you bring to the party. 


We want to encourage that diversity and create an open environment for all our ideas. We are aware that there is an ongoing debate over the role of the Code of Conduct at InfoSec conferences, and we believe that our Code of Conduct should be:


Don't be a dick. 


We believe that our community is smart enough to know what this means.  If you observe someone behaving in a way that concerns you, please bring it to the attention of a staff member, identified by our STAFF badges.


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Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. We reserve the right to respond to harassment in the manner we deem appropriate, including – but not limited to – expulsion from the event without refund, and referral to the relevant authorities.

This Code of Conduct applies to everyone participating at BSides Cleveland – whether they are attendees, speakers, press, volunteers, or staff.

This code borrows from the DEF CON code of conduct, drafted by @thedarktangent, and from our friends at BSides Rochester. But don't blame them, this is ours.


-- The BSides Cleveland Staff

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