CSDA Guidelines: Use of computers, audiovisual equipment and privacy

Introduction

In recent years, the use of computers and other computing and recording devices has increased exponentially. The CSDA is concerned to ensure that such devices are used in a responsible manner in the course of its activities and that privacy considerations are respected at all times. These Guidelines address those matters.

Definitions

In these Guidelines, a “computing device” is defined as any device that processes data or information and/or which displays, transmits or speaks data or information. Such a device includes, but is not limited to:

These guidelines are to be used in conjunction with any policies that owners/occupiers of private land have in relation to photography/ recording on their land. Accordingly, the operation of these guidelines should be consistent with at least the following (to the extent they exist):

Public Speakers and Debaters

Penalty: If a computing device is found in the possession of a team or team member in a preparation room, the team may, in the absolute discretion of the Executive Officer of the CSDA, having first and at the time provided an opportunity to the team to be heard on the matter, be disqualified or permitted to continue in competition.

Penalty: If a computing device is found in the possession of a team or team member during presentation of speeches or debates, the team or speaker may, in the absolute discretion of the Executive Officer of the CSDA, having first and at the time provided an opportunity to the team or speaker to be heard on the matter, be disqualified or permitted to continue in competition.

Audience

Penalty: In the event of a person making any unauthorised recording, the Executive Officer of the CSDA, having first and at the time provided an opportunity to the team and the person making the recording to be heard on the matter, may, in his or her absolute discretion disqualify or permit to continue in competition the team of which as found by the Executive Officer of the CSDA, to her/his satisfaction as determined in his or her absolute discretion, the person making the recording was a supporter.

Adjudicators

Penalty: In the event of an adjudicator breaching the above guidelines, the Executive Officer of the CSDA, having first and at the time provided an opportunity to the adjudicator to be heard on the matter, may, in his or her absolute discretion direct the adjudicator to discontinue or permit to continue the use of computing devices to make notes about a speech in the CSDA competition.

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