Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the code of conduct below. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues as well as conference-related social events.

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Code of Conduct and Anti-harassment Policy

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media.

As a conference on computing and social change, we especially expect participants to be respectful of other cultures, both belonging to other conference participants and of research participants. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Our zero-tolerance policy means that we will look into and review every allegation of violation of our code of conduct and respond appropriately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

All participants of ICTD events must abide by the following policy:

Be excellent to each other. 

Treat everyone with respect. Participate while acknowledging that everyone deserves to be here—and each of us has the right to enjoy our experience without fear of harassment, discrimination, or condescension, whether blatant or via micro-aggressions. Jokes shouldn’t demean others. Consider what you are saying and how it would feel if it were said to or about you.

Speak up if you see or hear something.

Harassment is not tolerated, and you are empowered to politely engage when you or others are disrespected. The person making you feel uncomfortable may not be aware of what they are doing, and politely bringing their behavior to their attention is encouraged.

We have a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:

  • Stalking/following
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Offensive verbal comments
  • Verbal language that reinforces social structures of domination
  • Sexual imagery and language in public spaces
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual or physical attention

In relation to, but not limited to:

  • Neurodiversity
  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Gender identity
  • Gender expression
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Body size
  • Disabilities
  • Appearance
  • Religion
  • Pregnancy

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. We empower and encourage you to report any behavior that makes you or others feel uncomfortable by finding an ICTD conference or program committee member. Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

As a conference in-cooperation-with ACM, ICTD is also in compliance with the ACM Code of Conduct.


ICTD values the diversity of our community, and aims to be an accessible and inclusive conference. If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, or any requests for accommodation (such as ASL translation, captioning, etc.), please contact the General Chair Richard Anderson at and they will work with you to address your concerns. Note that some requests may require advance notice, so please submit accessibility requests as far in advance of the conference date as possible in order to give us adequate time to prepare.

Accessible Submissions for Camera-ready

We strongly recommend that you submit accessible documents so that your content can be read by the greatest number of readers. Making an accessible PDF requires only a few steps, but ensures that your paper is readable by readers and reviewers. These steps will ensure that your document is readable by people with vision- or reading-related disabilities, and can improve usability for others as well. Please refer to the SIGACCESS guides for Accessible PDFs in Word and Adobe Acrobat.

To summarize, accessible documents respect the following guidelines (please refer to the links for how-tos).

For PDFs:

  • Check that fonts are embedded
  • Set title and language
  • Add tags
  • Add alt text for figures
  • Set tab order
  • Mark table headers
  • Run the Accessibility check

For documents:

  • Use the built-in formatting options
  • Set title and language
  • Add alt text for figures
  • Mark table headers
  • Export as Accessible PDF

Research Ethics

User experiments and user studies should follow the basic principles of ethical research, e.g., beneficence (maximizing the benefits to an individual or to society while minimizing harm to the individual), minimal risk (appropriateness of the risk versus benefit ratio), voluntary consent, respect for privacy, and limited deception. Authors are encouraged to include in their submissions explanation of how ethical principles were followed, and may be asked to provide such an explanation should questions arise during the review process. In addition, as a conference on computing and sustainable societies, we recommend being cognizant of ethics in research and interventions with underrepresented communities. For further reading:

Sterling, S., & Rangaswamy, N. 2010. Constructing informed consent in ICT4D research. In Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD ’10). ACM, New York, NY, USA.

Andy Dearden. 2012. See no evil?: ethics in an interventionist ICTD. In Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD ’12). ACM, New York, NY, USA.


Original source and credit: The Ada Initiative, Google Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment policyCHI accessibility guidelines, and SOUPS research ethics section

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