[Osmf-talk] [OSM-talk] New policy adopted | Re: Should OSMF adopt a policy about State of the Map conference in places that are LGBTQ*/etc unsafe?

Brian M. Sperlongano zelonewolf at gmail.com
Mon Nov 1 18:00:16 UTC 2021


That's why we have elected representatives to interpret these guidelines in
a sensible way.

On Mon, Nov 1, 2021 at 1:46 PM Mateusz Konieczny via osmf-talk <
osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org> wrote:

> "where the safety of all segments of the population is ensured" is
> extremely strong
> and with sufficiently strict interpretation it would exclude all locations
> worldwide.
>
>
> Nov 1, 2021, 18:11 by amanda.mccann at osmfoundation.org:
>
> Hello fellow OSMers,
>
> At the last OSMF Board meeting a few days ago, the Board adopted this new
> policy for how we will use the (“State of the Map”) S otM trademark:
>
> OpenStreetMap welcomes and encourages participation by everyone. This is
> enshrined in our Diversity Statement. There are, however, places in the
> world where people with certain attributes may face discrimination or are
> systematically made to feel unsafe.
>
> The OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) will only host global State of the Map
> (SotM) conferences in places where the safety of all segments of the
> population is ensured.
>
> Applications to host a SotM should describe and assess the risks in that
> location for certain vulnerable populations, and must certify that State of
> the Map will be safe from systematic or institutional discrimination for
> all attendees. Details of how this is assessed is the mandate of the State
> of the Map Working Group.
>
> Local and regional State of the Map conferences should do everything
> reasonably possible, in their local context, to ensure the safety of all
> segments of the population. It is recognized that in some regions and
> locations safety cannot be guaranteed for all vulnerable groups, and that
> this should not prevent a local or regional SotM from being held.
> Applications for trademark licenses should include a safety assessment.
> Details of the trademark are the mandate of the Licensing Working Group .
>
>
> While it is not exactly what I personally suggested at the start, this is
> the decision of the board, and represents the consensus of the discussion
> of the board, working groups, and community.
>
> This will apply to the global state of the map, and SotMs from Local
> Chapters via the Local Chapter Agreement §5.3, and trademark grants to
> other organisations running regional SotMs. It's good that SotMs will now
> have to do everything “reasonably possible” (e.g. speaker/venue/attendee
> choice) to ensure LGBTQ+ (& others) are as safe as possible “in their local
> context”, while also ensuring “should not prevent a local or regional SotM
> from being held”. And, obviously this does not apply to events named “State
> of the Map”.
>
> The minutes of that meeting haven't been written (nor accepted) yet, but
> they will be here
> https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Board/Minutes/2021-10 in due course.
> However I wanted to email yous sooner.
>
> Onward and upwards fellow OSMers. 🙂
>
> On Wed, 06 Oct 2021 23:09 +02:00, Amanda McCann <
> amanda.mccann at osmfoundation.org> wrote:
>
> Hello OSM friends,
>
> So here's an idea... I've previously complained when an organisation
> holds an event in a place where it's “illegal to be gay” and claim that
> the event is a “safe space”. Since I'm on the OSMF Board, I would be
> wrong for me to continue to complain about other organisations and not
> try to suggest such a policy for the OSMF.
>
> The OSMF grants a trademark licence (for the “State of the Map”
> trademark which the OSMF legally owns) to regional event conferences,
> and legally, the OSMF runs the annual State of the Map conference.
>
> There are several different wordings of this policy possible. My
> initial idea of a policy is: “you can't have a SotM for [REGION] in a
> venue if same-sex sexual activity is illegal (& that's being enforced)
> there, *and* there is a place in [REGION] where that is legal (or
> illegal & not enforced)”. This covers bi/pan/queer/etc people.
>
> I can't easily think of a simple rule for trans/gender identity issues
> that's as clear cut for the very basic level (e.g. many countries have
> required gender segregated toilets for a long time and the laws
> requiring ”birth sex” are new and uncommon, legal gender recognition
> might not be so relevant for a visitor, etc) so I'll stick to this for
> now. I am OK with “State of the Map [COUNTRY]” happening in a country
> where it's illegal everywhere. My goal is to prevent anyone having a
> *legal downgrade* with “State of the Map”.
>
> Many in OSM have spent a long time improving things for minoritized
> groups, and maybe this is just another step in that process. I am only
> mentioning “illegal to be gay” because it's a simple, clear standard. I
> think it could be benefitial to include other standards too (e.g. I
> believe some countries forbid women from driving). I am focussing on
> LGBTQ+ issues because that affects me personally, and I know a lot
> about it. I encourage other minoritized people to speak up if they want.
>
> So what do yous, the wider OSM(F) community think about the OSMF
> adopting this policy (or something like it, or not adopting anything
> new policy)?
>
> --
> (P.S.: I recently changed my name)
>
> A. McCann
> Secretary
> OpenStreetMap Foundation
>
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>
> --
> A. McCann
> Secretary
> OpenStreetMap Foundation
>
> Name & Registered Office:
> OpenStreetMap Foundation
> St John’s Innovation Centre
> Cowley Road
> Cambridge
> CB4 0WS
> United Kingdom
> A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales
> Registration No. 05912761
>
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