Constitution

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1. Name

Society for the Philosophy of Information (SPI)

2. Aim

To promote the development of the Philosophy of Information as an independent and self-sustained philosophical field.

3. Objectives

The society will fulfil the aim by:

  • bringing together scholars in the area harnessing the multidisciplinary and international nature of the Philosophy of Information; 
  • organising workshops, seminars, and conferences and other similar activities to explore the philosophical issues concerning information, its cognate notions, and related phenomena;
  • publishing teaching material for undergraduate and graduate courses on the Philosophy of Information;
  • maintaining a state-of-the-art collection of bibliographic resources;
  • fostering editorial projects and funding proposals.

4. Membership

  1. Membership of the Society for the Philosophy of Information shall be open to anyone who is interested in helping the Society to achieve its objectives and willing to abide by the rules of the Society.
  2. The Management Committee shall have the power to refuse membership to an applicant, where it is considered such membership would be detrimental to the objectives, purposes or activities of the Society.
  3. Registration and termination of membership:
    • Any member of the Society may resign her/his membership by giving to the secretary of the association written notice to that effect.
    • The Management Committee may, by resolution passed at a meeting thereof, terminate or suspend the membership of any member, if in its opinion her/his conduct is prejudicial to the objectives, purposes or activities of the Society, provided that the individual member shall have the right to be heard by the Management Committee before the final decision is made.  There shall be a right of appeal to an independent arbitrator appointed by mutual agreement.

5. Management

  1. The Society for the Philosophy of Information shall be administered by a Management Committee of three (3) members elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Society. Committee Members must be at least 18 years old.
  2. The officers of the Management Committee shall be:
    • the Chairperson;
    • the Treasurer;
    • the Secretary.
  3. The mandate of the Management Committee officers shall last four (4) years with the possibility to be re-elected for a second mandate.
  4. The Management Committee shall have power to set up sub-committees, as deemed necessary, which shall be accountable to the Management Committee.
  5. The Management Committee shall be accountable to the members of the Society at all times.

6. Finance

  1. Any funds obtained by the Society shall be used only for the Society.
  2. The Treasurer shall be responsible for guarding the funds obtained by the Society.
  3. The Management Committee will ensure that the Society stays within the budget.

7. Meetings

  1. The Society for the Philosophy of Information shall hold two meetings: the Management Meeting and the Annual General Meeting.
  2. The meetings can be organised electronically.
  3. The Chair of the Society shall normally chair these meetings.
  4. All meetings must be minuted and the minutes made available to any interested party.
  5. Voting at the meetings shall be by show of hands or electronically, and on a majority basis.
  6. All meetings shall be publically advertised.
  7. Management Meeting:
    • the Management Committee shall meet at least four (4) times a year.
    • The quorum for the meeting shall be three (3) Officers.
  8. Annual General Meeting:
    • The meeting shall be organised once a year.
    • The quorum for the meeting shall be at least eight (8) members.

8. Alteration of the Constitution

  1. Proposals for amendments to this constitution, or dissolution (see Clause 9) must be delivered to the secretary in writing at least four (4) months before the Annual General Meeting.
  2. Any changes to this constitution must be agreed by at least two thirds of those members present and voting at any Annual General Meeting.

9. Dissolution

The Society may be wound up at any time if agreed by two thirds of those members present and voting at any Annual General Meeting.  Any assets shall be returned to their providers, if they require it, or shall be passed to another Society with similar aims.