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Statement on Daniel Pocock

The Debian Project                               https://www.debian.org/
Statement on Daniel Pocock                              press@debian.org
November 17th, 2021            https://www.debian.org/News/2021/20211117

Debian is aware of a number of public posts made about Debian and its
community members on a series of websites by a Mr Daniel Pocock, who
purports to be a Debian Developer.

Mr Pocock is not associated with Debian. He is neither a Debian
Developer, nor a member of the Debian community. He was formerly a
Debian Developer, but was expelled from the project some years ago for
engaging in behaviour which was destructive to Debian's reputation and
to the community itself. He has not been a member of the Debian Project
since 2018. He is also banned from participating in the Debian community
in any form, including through technical contributions, participating in
online spaces, or attending conferences and/or events. He has no right
or standing to represent Debian in any capacity, or to represent himself
as a Debian Developer or member of the Debian community.

In the time since he was expelled from the project, Mr Pocock has
engaged in an ongoing and extensive campaign of retaliatory harassment
by making a number of inflammatory and defamatory posts online, in
particular on a website which purports to be a Debian website. The
contents of these posts involve not only Debian, but also a number of
its Developers and volunteers. He has also continued to misrepresent
himself as being a member of the Debian Community in much of his
communication and public presentations. Legal action is being considered
for, amongst other things, defamation, malicious falsehood and

Debian stands together as a community, and against harassment. We have a
code of conduct that guides our response to harmful behaviour in our
community, and we will continue to act to protect our community and
volunteers. Please do not hesitate to contact the Debian Community team
if you have concerns or need support. In the meantime, all of Debian's
and its volunteers' rights are reserved.

About Debian

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volunteer their time and effort in order to produce the completely free
operating system Debian.

Contact Information

For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at
https://www.debian.org/ or send mail to <press@debian.org>.

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