The IGF code of conduct applies to those who take part in any Internet Governance Forum (IGF) multistakeholder process (in-person meetings, virtual meetings, mailing list discussions, etc.) agree to:

  • Treat all members of the IGF community equally, irrespective of nationality, gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, disability, age, or sexual orientation; all stakeholders of the IGF community should treat each other with civility, both face to face and online.
  • Act in a reasonable, objective and informed manner when participating in and/or using any IGF discussion platform.
  • Listen and respect the views of all stakeholders when considering IGF policy issues. The IGF is a multistakeholder environment and those who take part in IGF meetings and inter-sessional activities should acknowledge the importance of all stakeholders and seek to understand their points of view.
  • Facilitate transparency and openness when participating in Internet governance-related policy discussions.
  • Act fairly and in good faith with other participants in IGF processes.
  • Promote ethical and responsible behavior. Ethics and integrity are essential, and the IGF expects all stakeholders to behave in a responsible and principled way.

Failure to adhere to the above guidelines and principles may result in removal from IGF Secretariat-hosted activities.

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