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The safeSpace collective plans to develop and offer services to help promote open communication in the workplace and beyond.This Social Contract has been modelled around similar documents by Tor and Debian, and we thank them for their pioneering work in this field. The Contract sets out our goals, but just as importantly, it sets out the behaviours by which we wish to attain them. We are determined that the two should never become separated.
First produced: June 1, 2017
Last Revised: June 1, 2017
This contract will help us to decide whether people's actions and intents are compatible with our goals. We hope the terms set out below will make our choices easier and more transparent. If ever there is a tension between our goals and our behaviours, we will always evaluate this by placing our highest priority on the safety and freedom of our users. This social contract can help us work through such tensions, and can help our users guide us.
1. We will seek to advance human rights by providing services that protect participants during dialog.
The free exchange of ideas is essential to a healthy society, but such freedom is typically constrained by uneven power relationships. Many people are intimidated by this, and they have good reason to be. We want to help our users by providing them with a "safe space" in which to develop their voice.
2. We will operate in an open and transparent manner.
We are committed to transparency. Wherever feasible, we will make our source code, binaries, and claims about them open to users for independent verification. However, in any circumstance where this might undermine the security of our users or the system itself, we will place privacy and security over transparency.
3. We will make safeSpace affordable, with any income solely applied to covering costs and further development.
safeSpace was not conceived or developed to make a profit. However, we need to cover our costs. Our goal is to always keep these two items in balance, with any surplus directed to either reducing fees or improving services. We will design, build, and deploy our tools without collecting identifiable information about our users.
4. We will not allow the pro-social value of safeSpace to be degraded.
On the one hand, we have absolutely no interest in providing a service which facilitates violence or crime. In particular, we will never agree to safeSpace being used for the advancement of terrorism, child pornography or other criminal activity. On the other hand,we acknowledge that "criminality" is a contentious issue. It seems to us, for instance, that it should be perfectly legal to criticise government policy. Yet this can lead to prison and even execution in some countries. Wherever such conflicting legal issues arise, we will place the value of our users' human rights over those encoded in their national legislation. For this purpose we will be guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (more).
5. We will be honest about the capabilities and limits of our system.
We will never knowingly mislead our users, nor misrepresent the capabilities of our services, nor downplay any potential risks associated with use of safeSpace. We will be responsible for accurately reporting the status of our services, and will advise users of any problems that might potentially affect their privacy or security.
6. We will never intentionally harm our users, unless there is an issue involving public safety or the greater good.
We take seriously the trust our users place in us. We will never implement front doors or back doors into any of our systems. In our commitment to transparency, we will be honest when we make errors, and will communicate with our users about our plans for improvement. However, if a substantiated complaint is brought to our attention and involves a threat to public safety or the greater good, we will reserve the right to suspend the account and (in extreme cases) alert relevant authorities.