Code of Conduct for Online Communities’ Volunteers
As an Online Community Volunteer you will often post to other websites, blogs, forums and other virtual spaces. This is a highly valuable and visible volunteer position.
As an individual, we support your freedom of speech and freedom to hold your opinions. However, as a volunteer and ambassador of the Online Communities for International Members and e-activists, we have provided the following guidelines for appropriate behaviour while volunteering in this position.
Any contributions by an Online Community Volunteer must:
- be accurate (where they state facts)
- be genuinely held (where they state opinions)
- be in solidarity with the policies and human rights agenda of Amnesty International
- comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted
- When using the debate area of the sites please do not provide personal details, either your own or those of someone else.
- Do not endanger yourself or others.
- Assume that what you publish on the web is permanent. Anyone on the internet can easily print out a submission or save it to a computer.
- Participants should treat each other with respect, recognising their right to freedom of opinion and expression.
Any contributions by an Online Community Volunteer must NOT:
- be defamatory (a defamatory comment is one that may damage the reputation of a person or organisation);
- be in contempt of Court (for example, your contribution must not contain anything that risks prejudicing current or forthcoming Court proceedings);
- be threatening, abusive, harassing or invasive of a person’s privacy;
- be sexist, racist, profane, blasphemous, homophobic or otherwise discriminatory and/or offensive;
- promote violence or advocate, condone or assist any unlawful act;
- describe violent intentions towards other people or organisations;
- be pornographic, sexually explicit, obscene or lewd;
- be used to impersonate any person or to misrepresent your identity;
- infringe any copyright, database right, trade mark or any other intellectual property, confidentiality or privacy rights of any person or organisation or otherwise violate any law
Source: Amnesty International