A key part of the ACM FAT* strategic plan is to innovate and lead on diversity and inclusion. In every edition of the conference, we strive to provide an open, diverse, safe and inclusive atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable to freely express who they are, and to voice their own opinions and points of view. For ACM FAT*2020, the Executive Committee, FAT*2020 General Chairs and FAT*2020 Diversity and Inclusion Chair work together to address issues both specific to this year's conference and towards guidelines and practices that align with FAT*'s long-term diversity and inclusion vision. One of this year’s innovations is CRAFT, where one of the aims is to involve those suffering the impact of unfairness, unaccountability and opacity in the reflection on the goals, assumptions and solutions that drive the conference.
Below are some additional areas in which we are paying particularly close attention to diversity and inclusion issues (with more areas to come):
- Ensuring each organizing committee (General Chairs, Program Chairs, Tutorial Chairs, CRAFT chairs, Financial Support Chair, and so on) is aware of diversity and inclusion issues and take them into account in their contribution to the preparation of the program
- Substantially reduced registration fees for students and delegates from non-profit and academic organizations
- Financial support for delegates needing it to attend the conference including registration fee waivers and travel grants for some attendees
- On-site spaces:
- Subsidised childcare in cases where it is necessary for the attendance of a delegate to the conference (available for those registering on or before December 5th), and a private nursing room
- A prayer room
- Gender-neutral toilets
- Accessible orientation/navigation to and around the venue
- Links to guides for developing accessible presentations
- Privacy options for (not) appearing on photographs throughout the conference thought a simple opt-in system, as required by the EU General Data Protection Regulation.