AoIR Code of Conduct


This Code of Conduct covers all official Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) events. If we can provide you with any further information or advice, please let us know. Please note, this Code of Conduct should be read and understood in tandem with AoIR’s Statement of Diversity and Inclusivity.

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are asked to abide by our Code of Conduct. Organisers will respond appropriately where necessary to uphold the Code and we ask for cooperation from all participants to help ensure a supportive and safe environment. Our conference is dedicated to providing a respectful, supportive and harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.
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Photography, Screengrabs, and Social Media Posting
If presenters agree that their presentation can be recorded, screen grabbed, and/or shared on social media, they are encouraged to let audience members know. Additionally, as there is a long tradition of live social media sharing, blogging and reporting sessions online, any presenter who does not wish their presentation to be shared online is strongly encouraged to communicate that with the audience members at the outset of their presentation or session.

Should presenters request that audiences not record, including screen record, or photograph their presentation, we request that conference attendees respect the speakers’/presenters’ wishes. However, we acknowledge that preventing conference attendees from commenting or live social media sharing is extremely difficult and not a role or responsibility of AoIR.

Microphones and Amplification
We ask that all speakers use microphones if they are available to ensure appropriate levels of audibility. Even if you believe you are able to project your voice well, other delegates may still experience difficulty in hearing you, particularly in the larger rooms.

We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, offensive public or private (including messaging/chat/dm during conference events) comments or gestures related to characteristics such as gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices. It also includes deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, and unwelcome sexual attention.

If you are being harassed, if you notice that someone else is being harassed, or if you have any other concerns, please contact the Inclusion & Code of Conduct team (, or approach a member of the AoIR Executive directly. We will keep this communication as confidential as possible in accordance with the complainant’s wishes.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, refusing admission into conference events, banning them from the conference, or revocation of Association membership. There will be no refund of membership fees for those who are ejected from the conference.

Adapted from First written for AoIR by the AoIR2019 organizing committee, updated by AoIR2021 Code of Conduct committee and AoIR2022 committee and AoIR Executive Committee.

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