Inside ICANNWatch  
Submit Story
Lost Password
Site Messages
Top 10 Lists
Latest Comments
Search by topic

Our Mission
ICANN for Beginners
About Us
How To Use This Site
Slash Tech Info
Link to Us
Write to Us

  Useful ICANN sites  
  • ICANN itself
  • Bret Fausett's ICANN Blog
  • Internet Governance Project
  • UN Working Group on Internet Governance
  • Karl Auerbach web site
  • Müller-Maguhn home
  • UDRPinfo.com;
  • UDRPlaw.net;
  • CircleID;
  • LatinoamerICANN Project
  • ICB Tollfree News

  •   At Large Membership and Civil Society Participation in ICANN  
  • icannatlarge.com;
  • Noncommercial Users Constituency of ICANN
  • NAIS Project
  • ICANN At Large Study Committee Final Report
  • ICANN (non)Members page
  • ICANN Membership Election site

  • ICANN-Related Reading
    Browse ICANNWatch by Subject

    Ted Byfied
    - ICANN: Defending Our Precious Bodily Fluids
    - Ushering in Banality
    - ICANN! No U CANN't!
    - roving_reporter
    - DNS: A Short History and a Short Future

    David Farber
    - Overcoming ICANN (PFIR statement)

    A. Michael Froomkin
    - When We Say US™, We Mean It!
    - ICANN 2.0: Meet The New Boss
    - Habermas@ discourse.net: Toward a Critical Theory of Cyberspace
    - ICANN and Anti-Trust (with Mark Lemley)
    - Wrong Turn in Cyberspace: Using ICANN to Route Around the APA & the Constitution (html)
    - Form and Substance in Cyberspace
    - ICANN's "Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy"-- Causes and (Partial) Cures

    Milton Mueller
    - Ruling the Root
    - Success by Default: A New Profile of Domain Name Trademark Disputes under ICANN's UDRP
    - Dancing the Quango: ICANN as International Regulatory Regime
    - Goverments and Country Names: ICANN's Transformation into an Intergovernmental Regime
    - Competing DNS Roots: Creative Destruction or Just Plain Destruction?
    - Rough Justice: A Statistical Assessment of the UDRP
    - ICANN and Internet Governance

    David Post
    - Governing Cyberspace, or Where is James Madison When We Need Him?
    - The 'Unsettled Paradox': The Internet, the State, and the Consent of the Governed

    Jonathan Weinberg
    - Sitefinder and Internet Governance
    - ICANN, Internet Stability, and New Top Level Domains
    - Geeks and Greeks
    - ICANN and the Problem of Legitimacy

    Highlights of the ICANNWatch Archive
    (June 1999 - March 2001)

    ICANN Staff and Structure ICANN slammed for failure to name ombudsman
    posted by tbyfield on Saturday March 27 2004, @06:41AM

    Ethan Katsh of U Mass's Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution sent a 15 March letter to ICANN President Paul Twomey challenging ICANN for having failed, for fifteen months, to make good on its promise to establish an Office of Ombudsman.

    In his letter he notes that ICANN has, over five status report, "pay[ed] lip service" the DoC that it would do so. Moreover,
    Unfortunately, not only is there no ombuds position but there is no independent review process either. As for the reconsideration process, it is largely unused with one request in 2004 and none in 2003 <http://www.icann.org/committees/reconsideration/>.
    Katsh's letter provides an succinct yet detailed overview of the broader context of which these promises are merely one feature -- "a five year pattern of delay and avoidance in the taking of actions that might enhance accountability."

    Since the December 2002 ICANN bylaws first mentioned that “there shall be an Office of Ombudsman,” the organization's staff has grown from nineteen people to twenty-eight.

      ICANNWatch Login  


    [ Don't have an account yet? Please create one. It's not required, but as a registered user you can customize the site, post comments with your name, and accumulate reputation points ("karma") that will make your comments more visible. ]

      Related Links  
    · Dr. Paul Twomey
    · ICANN
    · <http://www.icann.org/commi ttees/reconsideration/>
    · nineteen
    · twenty-eight
    · Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution
    · a 15 March letter
    · More ICANN Staff and Structure stories
    · Also by tbyfield
    This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
    ICANN slammed for failure to name ombudsman | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 4 comments | Search Discussion
    Click this button to post a comment to this story
    The options below will change how the comments display
    Check box to change your default comment view
    The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
    Are You Calling Twomey A Liar?
    by jberryhill on Sunday March 28 2004, @12:59PM (#13283)
    User #3013 Info
    Look, Mr. Twomey was perfectly up front during the WSIS conference, when he said, "At ICANN, anybody can attend meetings, appeal decisions or go to ombudsmen."

    (http://www.techworld.com/news/index.cfm?fuseactio n=displaynews&newsid=750)

    Now Mr. Twomey says there are ombudsmen. For Prof. Katsch to dispute this statement, and to therefore call Mr. Twomey a liar, is the kind of rabid ICANN criticism that shows there is no depth to which bombthrowers like Prof. Katsch will refuse to lower themselves.

    This kind of rabid denial of reality is precisely why objective websites like www.icannfacts.org will remain a much more reliable source of accurate and current information about ICANN.

    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
  • 1 reply beneath your current threshold.

  • Search ICANNWatch.org:

    Privacy Policy: We will not knowingly give out your personal data -- other than identifying your postings in the way you direct by setting your configuration options -- without a court order. All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest © 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 by ICANNWatch.Org. This web site was made with Slashcode, a web portal system written in perl. Slashcode is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL license.
    You can syndicate our headlines in .rdf, .rss, or .xml. Domain registration services donated by DomainRegistry.com