Code of Conduct

Many of the barriers preventing the equitable and sustainable documentation of property rights information and the widespread use of open source technology to securely store and share land rights data originate from deeply entrenched societal problems. Whether through inclusive design of non-technical programs, the use of traditionally underrepresented technology providers in the development of our technical products, or the promotion of collaboration through our communications and community initiatives, Cadasta Foundation is committed to ensuring all our community activities adhere to the following principles:

Inclusion & Equity

All stages of the organization’s engagement model will promote inclusiveness and participation by all segments of our culturally and linguistically diverse community, especially those from disadvantaged and marginalized groups. All members of the community must be given the opportunity to have their voices heard and ideas considered.


Engagement activities must result in outcomes aligned to our overall mission, whether as discrete pieces of a broader business unit or stakeholder segment initiative, or as a distinct stand alone program, milestone or indicator. Community members must be able to see the results of their participation.


Engagement objectives and their desired outcomes should be clear and transparent, and communicated effectively with the community.


Engagement activities and mechanisms should promote collaboration, both direct and indirect, amongst community members as a means of developing and implementing more scalable and sustainable outcomes for beneficiaries We strongly believe that by following these guiding principles we will be contributing to the ethical growth and sustainability of Cadasta Foundation’s target market and contributing to the development of tools and methodologies that unlock that same value for others. Additionally, Cadasta is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. This code of conduct applies to all Cadasta spaces, including our mailing lists, GitHub repositories, etc., both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the RESPONSE TEAM. Some Cadasta spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Harassment Includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, 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 vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.

Cadasta prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort.

RESPONSE TEAM will not 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



If you are being harassed by a member of Cadasta, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the RESPONSE TEAM at If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can. This code of conduct applies to Cadasta spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of Cadasta outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by Cadasta members, especially LEADERSHIP TEAM, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The abuse team reserves the right to exclude people from Cadasta based on their past behavior, including behavior outside Cadasta spaces and behavior towards people who are not in Cadasta. In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response. We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of Cadasta members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, RESPONSE TEAM may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all Cadasta spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other Cadasta members or the general public. This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community.