togethernet logo (text that reads togethernet in a slightly crunchy/hippie-looking font)

Consentful tech for micro-communities

skip to main content

3.1 Join the Community!

Togethernet is at an early stage of development. If you're interested in joining a community of digital consent enthusiasts to become a Togethernet stakeholder, we would love to invite you to join Togethernet's Discord.

Before entering the community, please read and agree to our Code of Conduct.


3.2 Code of Conduct

All participants of the Togethernet community are required to agree to the following Code of Conduct. This includes all attendees, speakers, performers, workshop leaders, patrons (sponsors), volunteers, and staff.

The Togethernet organizing team is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, neurodivergence, neurotype, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

Anyone participant who violates this Code of Conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from the session at the discretion of the Togethernet organizers.

Be mindful of your language.

Engage with community members and contributors with respect and good intention.

Use your best judgement.

If it will possibly make others uncomfortable, do not say it or post to the Togethernet platform.

Be respectful.

While disagreements may arise, it is not an opportunity to attack or threaten someone else's thoughts and/or opinions. Remember to approach every situation with patience, understanding, and great care.

Be intentional.

Consider how your contribution will affect others in the community.

Be open minded.

Embrace new people and new ideas. Our community is continually evolving and we welcome positive change.

Definitions of Harassment include:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, neurotype, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, 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 other PCD community members or other vulnerable people from intentional abuse
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication without consent by the involved parties

The Togethernet Community prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. We reserves the right not to act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”
  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions

Credits

This Code of Conduct was compiled by Dorothy Santos and remixed by Xin Xin, based on resources provided by Geek Feminism, and borrows heavily from open source policies authored by p5.js and XOXO Festival.

This policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. We encourage other organizations to adopt (and enforce) similar Codes of Conduct by using and remixing this one.


Ready to Join?

If you feel like you understand and agree to Togethernet’s Code of Conduct, we invite you to continue onwards to join the Togethernet Discord. If you do not feel comfortable with the information that has been presented thus far, we invite you to stop to ask a question or present your concern. If you feel you fall somewhere in between, we encourage you to take your time digesting this information and return at your own pace.

Join Discord Email Us

3.3 Creators of Togethernet

Togethernet v0.1 Team

  • Lead Artist 🧛🏻‍♀️ Xin Xin
  • Lead Software Developer 🏜 Charlotte Yaqing Wen
  • Lead Writer 🧚🏾‍♂️ Neema Githere
  • Advisor 😶 Lauren Lee McCarthy

Togethernet Website

  • Visual Designer 🥀 Livia Foldes
  • Web Developer 🐛 Aarati Akkapeddi

Ideas for Togethernet did not come out of the ether. We are deeply grateful that Consentful Tech Zine, published by Una Lee and Dann Toliver under CC-BY in 2017 had the foresight of using F.R.I.E.S. (Freely given, Informed, Specific, Reversible, Enthusiastic), a model of consent by Planned Parenthood as a metric to assess data consent in the digital sphere.

The Togethernet website uses Livia Folde’s interview with Walei Sabry, and the Alt-Texts as Poetry website as conceptual and design references.

Our deep gratitudes go towards – Kemi Sijuwade-Ukadike, J. Soto, Sally Szwed, Roddy Schrock, Maddie Pinney, Eric Tang, Dorothy R. Santos, Walei Sabry, Shannon Finnegan, Kate Hollenbach, Lee Tusman, and An Xiao Mina. Thank you for listening, user-testing, contributing, and engaging with this project.

Togethernet was created with the generous support of Eyebeam NYC.