APNIC Community Code of Conduct

APNIC coordinates many community activities, including conferences, meetings, trainings, workshops, social events and digital platforms. These are organized for the benefit of all participants, and are intended to be valuable and enjoyable to all. This Code of Conduct explains expectations for anyone participating in these events and platforms, including delegates, guests, speakers, contributors, commenters, APNIC staff and all others involved. It applies not only to physical events, but also to remote participants, online meeting spaces and digital platforms.

Expected Behaviour

It is expected that participants behave properly and positively at all times: showing respect and courtesy to others wherever possible, and ensuring a safe and inclusive environment.

We hope that all participants feel welcome and comfortable to participate fully, therefore we are committed to providing an environment free of the following unacceptable behaviours:

  • Discrimination, whether based on a person’s race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, social or economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, or mental or physical ability.
  • Harassment, including offensive speech, threats or demands, sharing of sexualized media, stalking, photography or recording without consent, or unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention.
  • Misbehaviour including disturbance to others or to event proceedings, misuse of property, trespass, theft or other antisocial acts.


  • Unacceptable behaviour by any community member, including those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.
  • If a community member engages in unacceptable behaviour, we may take any action deemed appropriate, including temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the event without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).
  • If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify us as soon as possible by emailing conduct [at] apnic.net. Please read the Reporting Guidelines for more information.
  • Additionally, Secretariat event staff are available to help community members experiencing unacceptable behaviour. In the context of in-person events, organizers will also provide escorts if needed by anyone experiencing distress.

Digital platforms

APNIC digital platforms (including the APNIC blog, mailing lists and social media channels) are spaces for constructive, relevant discussion and information sharing.

In addition to the Code of Conduct outlined above, APNIC digital platforms are governed by the code below:

  • APNIC does not actively moderate the discussions on APNIC digital platforms. However, APNIC reserves the right to delete or redact comments that contain content that APNIC considers to be unacceptable or inappropriate. This includes (but is not limited to) any content that:
    1. is being used to abuse, harass, stalk, or threaten others
    2. is libellous, knowingly false or misrepresents another person
    3. infringes upon a copyright or trademark
    4. violates an obligation of confidentiality
    5. violates the privacy of others including posting emails of others without their permission
    6. uses derogatory or inflammatory language
    7. is of a commercial or sales nature
  • If APNIC exercises its right to delete or redact a comment, it will say so and explain why. If you believe that a comment on an APNIC digital platform contains content that is unacceptable, please notify APNIC by emailing publication [at] apnic.net.
  • All posts are available publicly and are archived.
  • All posts are considered as solely being the views of the person making the posting, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Portions of text derived from the Django Code of Conduct, Geek Feminism anti-harassment Policy, WordCamp Code of Conduct, and O’Reilly Conferences Code of Conduct with thanks.