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## About

Totem is designed as an educational resource for communities learning
about digital security. It is an initiative of Greenhost and Free Press
Unlimited. The Totem platform provides a way for content contributors and
community users to continuously interact and exchange knowledge throughout
the learning process.

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#### The goals of the platform are
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* To improve basic understanding of digital security and related tools for
  journalists, activists and human rights defenders by creating a safe
  online classroom environment.
* To build a safe MOOC based on existing open source software (Open edX)
  that is co-developed with and usable for digital training organisations,
  individual trainers and students.
* To be sustainable through collaboration to ensure the availability of
  the platform once the initial stage of the project is completed.

## Governance

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#### Greenhost and Free Press Unlimited
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Totem is built on Open edX, an open source educational platform started by
edX, an initiative of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT) together with the xConsortium. Greenhost and Free
Press Unlimited provide Totem as an open source platform in order to
ensure the sustainability of this resource, welcoming contributors and
communities well beyond the start of the project.

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#### Types of content
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Totem platform content is adapted, developed and produced in cooperation
with content partner organisations, digital security trainers, and
communities. Totem hosts three kinds of content:

1. Original content developed for Totem by Greenhost and Free Press
   Unlimited, which is available to all Totem users
2. Content created by content contributors, which is also available to all
   Totem users
3. Community content created by course instructors, which is only
   available to those participating in the course.

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#### Content standards
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* Original Totem content developed by Greenhost and Free Press Unlimited,
  together with content partner organisations, is vetted by an advisory
  board to ensure that it meets content standards or conforms to a set of
  quality guidelines
* Community content is the responsibility of course instructors. It can be
  flagged by users of the platform who want to provide feedback or express
  a concern over its quality
* Original and community content has a timestamp to indicate the date it
  was last updated in order to help contextualise and verify the accuracy
  of the materials presented.

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#### Licensing
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All content on Totem is licensed under a [creative commons attribution
share-alike license](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/).
This licensing scheme provides autonomy and control to community content
contributors while also encouraging collaboration and avoiding the
duplication of existing resources.

## Totem content partners

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#### Content contributors and course instructors
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* When creating new learning modules, community content contributors
  choose how long the module should remain online. Content can be
  temporarily de-activated or set to never expire
* Community content contributors are expected to periodically review,
  update or remove modules as they become outdated or outlive their use
* Community content contributors and course instructors can flag content
  if they believe there to be an issue with its quality, however the
  decision to remove material rests with Totem.

## Community users

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#### Community users can:
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* See and interact with materials produced by content contributors or
  given access to by the content contributor and/or course instructor
* Flag or provide feedback on the curricula.

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#### Community standards
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* Users are expected to contribute to a friendly and respectful
  environment whenever they use Totem, including its discussion forums,
  wiki, documentation pages, and learning modules
* Users invited to participate in closed learning modules do so at the
  discretion of the course instructors. If course instructors determine
  that participants are not abiding by community standards, they may
  choose to terminate their participation.

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#### Unacceptable activities
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By enrolling in a Totem course, users may not engage in the following
activities through services related to Totem:

* Use hateful, violent or intimidating language, especially in order to
  harass, abuse or target other Totem users
* Store or distribute material that endorses discrimination of any kind
* Attempt to compromise the anonymity of Totem users by forcing the
  disclosure of names or other forms of identifying information
* Misuse of services by distributing viruses or malware, engaging in a
  denial of service attack, or attempting to gain unauthorised access to
  the computer systems of the Totem host or Totem users
* Promote unsolicited commercial services and materials.

Users who experience or observe any of the above behaviour are asked to
flag instances thereof with platform moderators by writing to
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[info@totem-project.org](mailto:info@totem-project.org). Complaints receive a
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response within 72 hours.

Accounts found to violate these community standards shall be terminated.