Governance

The following is a short summary of how Tech Inquiry is run. To get the full and detailed version, you can read the bylaws.

Tech Inquiry Board of Directors

Tech Inquiry has a member-elected board, with elections happening once a year. The Board is meant to serve largely in an advisory and oversight capacity, and is not involved in the day-to-day running of Tech Inquiry. Their priority is the mission of the organization, and not loyalty to any individual officers or members. Our initial working Board is primarily made up of Tech Inquiry's founding voting members, but we hope to transition to the member-elected board structure over the next six to twelve months.

The Board makes decisions through consensus or, in the absence of consensus, through majority vote. They have broad powers, such as hiring and firing employees or contractors, issuing new policies, and appointing offices such as the executive director. However, they cannot change the bylaws, nor can they change the composition of the board. Essentially, they have authority over the organization unless the voting members come together to collectively override that authority, either by amending the bylaws or by holding an emergency election to remove a Board member, either of which requires supermajority support.

Tech Inquiry Voting Members

Tech Inquiry's Voting Members are a special group of community members who have the right to vote in Board elections and to amend Tech Inquiry's bylaws. Voting Members agree to abide by our various organizational policies (see below) and are active in the day-to-day activities of the community.

To become a Voting Member, a person must be nominated and seconded by two current Voting Members. After a period of two weeks, if no current Voting Member has blocked the nomination, the nominee becomes a Voting Member. Current Voting Members may be removed by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors or by a two-thirds vote of current Voting Members.

Organizational Policies

Tech Inquiry has a number of policies that it asks its Directors, Voting Members, and other community members to abide by.

All community members are required to follow our Code of Conduct, our Affiliation Policy, and our Nonpartisanship Policy. Directors and Voting Members are also asked to follow our Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy. The organization as a whole also abides by our Funding Policy.