ParityBOT was born out of an Edmonton-based nonprofit, multi-partisan organization called ParityYEG. The values associated with the ParityBOT project therefore align with the values of ParityYEG.
Nonprofit and multi-partisan - ParityBOT is nonprofit and open source. It was built to encourage more women to consider running for political office, by taking the edge off the barrier they face by way of abuse on Twitter.
Inclusivity - ParityBOT should avoid making anyone feel excluded from its purpose. In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as contributors and maintainers pledge to making participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.
Transparency - The history, process, technology, and intention of ParityBOT is published and available for sharing with anyone who wants to learn more, or who wants to use the technology for a similar social good purpose in their community.
Respect - Critical feedback about this project is welcome and encouraged, as long as it's respectful. Dialogue is the goal.
Community - The community of followers of ParityBOT should consider this a guideline for them, too.
Integrity - As the creators and supporters of ParityBOT, we hold ourselves accountable to these guidelines and will stay true to them, and to our values as advocates for women in politics and gender equality in our society. We expect the same of our collaborators.
This project is a collaboration between the University of Alberta Department of Computing Science and the nonprofit organization ParityYEG, an Edmonton-based organization dedicated to achieving gender equality in politics. We would like to acknowledge the important work of ParityYEG in striving to achieve gender equality in politics. Their volunteer board of directors, their members, their volunteers and their supporters led this work.
We would also like to acknowledge the support and guidance of the Edmonton AI community including the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute. No one hesitated to help us when we asked, and that's what makes Edmonton a great city to live, create, and collaborate in.
We would like to thank Jigsaw for Perspective API, SAM Desk, Startup Edmonton and Max Kelsen: Beyond AI for their expertise, guidance and resources, Erica Rayment and Ann Gordon for their advising, and Dave Cournoyer, Warren Johnston, Jacqueline Comer, Felicia Zuniga, Brianne Burritt, Alison Palmer, Thomas Davidson, and Jason Baumgartner for their help and time.