sharing in governance of extractive industries

Guidelines for How to Use GOXI

As a community, GOXI’s mission is for practitioners to share, learn, connect and collaborate in the governance of extractive industries with the vision that natural resources help eliminate poverty and contribute to sustainable development. We (The Conveners) encourage your participation and we hope that your share something, learn something and connect with someone to make something happen.

As a tool, GOXI is designed to be user-driven and co-created by you, the community (aka GOXIans). With the power in your hands, here a few guidelines for your interaction in order to foster a vibrant, safe and decent community:



We recognize that you may be an expert on mining development agreements, but when it comes to social media, your reaction has, until now, been…“Well I’ve heard of the Internet.”  

It’s okay.

But as you begin your interaction in this Youtube-Facebook-Ning-Twitter-Instagram-Snapchat-Whatsapp world, remember that on these platforms, you will typically be interacting with “friends” who have never met you and who can’t read your body language or tone of voice, so great care must be taken to communicate clearly. Teasing and sarcasm are especially risky on the web. For that matter, emoticons have evolved to express online what one would normally express nonverbally. The most common are:

:) smile

:( sad

;) wink

:-s confused

<3 love

Yes, we also recognize that the social media veterans here will look at these basics and just go (-_-) zzzzz, but that’s okay too. GOXI is about learning and sharing.




…begin with yourself

The way GOXIans interact and participate on GOXI will shape GOXI. If you wish to see more emphasis on a particular issue, mineral or country, begin by sharing news, pictures, videos, papers, etc. on that issue, mineral or country; if you wish to have more feedback on your post, start by giving feedback on other people’s posts; if you wish to create an ongoing discussion around a special topic, start a group. That’s just the way it works.


..express yourself

There are multiple ways in which natural resources can lead to sustainable development—and we welcome yours. GOXI is meant to foster frank, constructive dialogue in an atmosphere of mutual respect.  The last thing we want on GOXI is groupthink on any issue.  Quite to the contrary, we seek diverse, assertive viewpoints so feel free to be that opposing viewpoint.  It’s the only way we can truly fulfill the “learn” part of the mission of GOXI.


…talk to strangers

If you’re not connecting, you’re not maximizing GOXI. Connecting practitioners is fundamental to GOXI’s mission and we tried to make it easy for you to search for other GOXIans by name, sector, interests, country, etc. If you find someone interesting in that regards, feel free to “friend” him, send him a message or leave him a comment.




…use foul and abusive language, especially at another member.  

We understand that when it comes to extractive industries, opinions can be strong and debates heated. Nevertheless, we ask that all opinions are expressed with civility and debates be on opinions and viewpoints—never on persons.


….post offensive material on GOXI

Such material includes but is not limited to obscene imagery or language. Given the cultural diversity of GOXIans, determining obscenity will not always be easy, but it will be at the discretion of the community manager.


…harass or threaten people

Without going into the different potential manifestations of harassment on GOXI, we ask that you let common sense, civility, professionalism and the law (where applicable) be your guide. Given our inability to access all interactions between GOXIans, we will primarily rely on anyone who feels harassed to report the matter to us. We will then investigate and take the appropriate action.


… violate member’s privacy

While we seek to foster connecting with other GOXIans and sharing content with the outside world, do not sell or give out GOXIans’ personal information to third parties. Also, do not post on the site, or send GOXIans, information that is not related to the subject focus of the site. In general, do not spam GOXIans with messages.


You may have noticed, taking the above guidelines in totality, that all the things we encourage you to do, we ask that you do them within reason.  We designed GOXI so members have to be approved by the moderator with the goal of letting in only those people and organizations which can contribute substantively and with civility. We trust you are one.



The community manager’s role is to foster the vibrant and safe community that we aim for. The general approach is one of care and maintenance, but where necessary, the community manger will step in to ensure that such members abide by the rules. In most cases, when a violation has occurred, the community manager will try to alert the violating user to take corrective action or inaction.  There is usually one warning before the user's account is deleted however, depending the situation the community manager reserves the right to delete any user’s information and account without warning.


We try to make it easy for members to connect and interact. We also strive to make our community a safe space and to protect your privacy.

With the coming into force of the European Union (EU)’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25th May, 2018,  please be reminded of how we acquire, display, and use your personal data.

  1. GOXI collects only the personal information you provide at sign-up and that which you choose to display publicly on your GOXI member profile page;
  2. You have control over who can see what on your profile or contact you. You can adjust your privacy settings at any time;
  3. Your email address is never displayed publicly on your member profile.  Email addresses are displayed publicly only when you post them yourself or request for that to be done, for example, in a job posting;
  4. Only GOXI administrators can access your email address and will do so only if they need to contact you outside the platform;
  5. GOXI never shares your data with third parties. This includes emails;
  6. GOXI makes it possible for members to message each other through the platform. You get prompted through an email notification when someone contacts you;
  7. We screen new members to the best of our ability before accepting them. However, if you receive suspicious or harassing messages from any member, please notify us immediately by sending an email to: mygoxi@gmail.com;
  8. We send out a Weekly GOXI digest to all members. The digest is sent directly through the platform without seeing your email address. Occasionally, we send out other messages to all members, when it refers to special events or announcements, such as this one. (The last such message was more than seven months ago) With our current technology, we are unable to isolate some members from messages to all members
  9. You can delete your profile at any time for any reason; and
  10. You may also request information regarding your personal data by sending an email to mygoxi@gmail.com.

By continuing to be a GOXI member on or after 25th May, you acknowledge our privacy policy and terms of use that are part of our Community Guidelines, and agree to the updated terms.

These rules cover all members, but to continue to stay compliant with the GDPR at all times, we have created a field in your profile for you to specify if you are a resident of the EU and therefore covered by GDPR. We invite you to please update your member profile here and specify if you are a EU resident. If you need any support on how to update your member profile please contact us at: mygoxi@gmail.com so we can assist you.

As a GOXIan you can message the community manager to alert them of any abuse or violations to GOXI's community guidelines.  We welcome your comments, questions and feedback.


Please note that use of GOXI (The “Site”) is at the sole risk of GOXIans and others who choose to access this Site (collectively, “Users”). Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall the community managers of the Site (The “Conveners”) or their affiliates be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages, even if the Conveners have been advised of the possibility of such damages. As a condition of use of the Site, Users agree to indemnify the Conveners and their affiliates, from and against any and all actions, claims, losses, damages, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of User's use of the Site. If the User is dissatisfied with any material on the Site or with any of its Community Development guidelines as set out above, the User's sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using this Site. The information, documents and materials (collectively, "Materials") on the Site are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. This site may contain advice, opinions, and statements of various content providers. The Conveners do not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information provided by any content provider, or any User of this site or other person or entity. Users of this site specifically acknowledge and agree that the Conveners are not liable for any conduct of any other User. The Conveners provide web links to third-party websites only as a convenience, and the inclusion of a link or reference does not imply endorsement of the linked site by the Conveners. The Conveners periodically add, change, improve, or update the materials on this Site without notice, and reserves its exclusive right in its sole discretion to alter, limit or discontinue the site or any Materials in any respect. The Conveners grant permission to Users to visit the Site and download and copy the Materials from the Site for their personal, non-commercial use, without any right to resell, redistribute, compile or create derivative works there from and also subject to more specific restrictions that may apply to specific materials within this Site. The Conveners reserve the right to deny in its sole discretion any User access to this Site or any portion thereof without notice.



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