SIF21 is strongly committed to providing an open and welcoming arena where participants are treated with dignity and respect, and are free to be themselves. We encourage all participants to approach the Forum with an open and positive attitude, and by doing so, ensuring a pleasant and meaningful experience for all.

Our principles

As the host of Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF), Sida is committed to providing all participants with a friendly, safe, and inclusive environment, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, ethnicity, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, disability, religion, or other status. SIF21 will take place exclusively online. The same rights that people have offline are equally to be protected online.

This Code of Conduct outlines expectations of participants’ behaviour during SIF – offline as well as online – and the consequences for unacceptable behaviour. The Code of Conduct applies to the Forum, Forum-related social events, as well as any other platform or fora related to SIF and/or SIF-related activities online  or offline.

As a participant of SIF21 you are expected to

  • Be considerate and respectful towards others.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behaviour and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.
  • Respect privacy, i.e. In order to respect the privacy and safety of others, do not post, publish or share any sensitive information and/or information about individuals (both offline and online) unless you obtain their explicit consent. This also includes pictures and tagging on social media.

    Alert the Response Team if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

SIF21 Response Team & Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour

A designated Response Team will be available to address reports of misconduct or related behaviours that otherwise violate the rights of others or the values enshrined in our Code of Conduct at SIF21.

Examples of Unacceptable Behaviour/Violations

Harassment of all kinds such as (but not limited to):

  • Offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, religion;
  • Deliberate intimidation, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct;
  • Stalking or following (online and offline) including repeated one-on-one communication despite requests to cease, unwanted photography or recording, and tracking and logging online activity without consent;
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and any unwelcome conduct of sexual nature that might be expected or be perceived to cause offense or humiliation

…are all unacceptable and prohibited at SIF21, and may lead to suspension from the Forum.


It is important for all of us to take part in managing our own and each other’s safety, privacy, and security during the online event. Participants should:

  • Respect other participants and their need for privacy.
  • Only share information that is appropriate to share.
  • Not share information that you know is confidential.
  • Not persuade other participants to share information they don’t want to share.

Report to Response Team

If you are subject to, or witness someone else being subjected to unacceptable behaviour in violation of this Code of Conduct, or have any other concerns, please notify our team as soon as possible through

All messages and reports sent to Sida become official documents under the Freedom of the Press Act, even as Sida strives to protect the identity of whistle blowers if necessary. 

In light of the above, if you wish to remain anonymous, we encourage you to protect your identity by using an e-mail address that cannot be linked to you.

Sida’s Privacy Notice