Terms & Conditions

Our mission is to empower people, to build community and create a democractic voting system online.  To help advance this mission, we provide the products and services described below to you: 

In order to interact with the Govote system we expect that you agree to follow our Prime Directive.

THE PRIME DIRECTIVE  

DO NO HARM.

The 3 principles of the Prime Directive

human being must not murder, injure or harm another being either physically or mentally or through inaction allow another being to come to harm. 

human being must not obey orders given to it by another human being except where such orders would conflict with the first principle.

human being must protect the natural world and its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or second, principles.

Govote wants everyone to enjoy their experience and get the most from using the site. We understand that politics can be an emotional and passionate subject and we are equally passionate about politics and issues that matter to us. However, we may feel that if you engage in abusive behaviour whilst using the Govote system, either in a comment you have posted or topic you have created you may have contravened the Prime Directive or the spirit of the Prime Directive which could incur penalities such as; help to remove abusive or offensive language from posts, removel of topic(s) or comment(s), suspension of services, disabling of your account or contacting law enforment officials. 

Provide a personalised experience for you:

Your experience on Govote is unlike anyone else's: from the topics, voting, events, and other content that you see in the News Feed. We use the data we have – for example, about the connections you make, the choices and settings you select, and what you share and do on and off our Products – to personalise your experience and to create change in society.

We help you find and connect with people, groups, businesses, organisations and others that matter to you across the Govote experience. 

Empower you to communicate about what matters to you:

There are many ways to express yourself on Govote and to communicate with your supporters. We have also developed, and continue to explore, new ways for people to use technology. 

Combat harmful conduct, and protect and support our community:

People will only build community on Govote if they feel safe. We employ dedicated teams around the world and develop advanced technical systems to detect misuse of our system, harmful conduct towards others and situations where we may be able to help support or protect our community. If we learn of content or conduct like this, we will take appropriate action – for example, offering help, removing content, blocking access to certain features, disabling an account or contacting the police or law enforcement. 

Use and develop advanced technologies to provide safe and functional services for everyone:

We use and develop advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning systems so that people can use our system safely regardless of physical ability or geographic location. We also build sophisticated network and communication technology to help more people connect to the Internet in areas with limited access. And we develop automated systems to improve our ability to detect and remove abusive and dangerous activity that may harm our community and the integrity of our system. 

Research ways to make our services better:

We engage in research and collaborate with others to improve our service. One way we do this is by analysing the data we have and understanding how people use our Products. 

Our Products help you find and connect with people, groups, businesses, organisations and others that are important to you. We design our systems so that your experience is consistent and seamless across the different that you use. 

Enable global access to our services:

To operate our global service, we need to store and distribute content and data in our data centres and systems around the world, including outside your country of residence. This infrastructure may be operated by a third party.