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    ICANN Staff and Structure ICANN slammed for failure to name ombudsman
    posted by tbyfield on Saturday March 27 2004, @07:41AM

    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.

     
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    Are You Calling Twomey A Liar?
    by jberryhill on Sunday March 28 2004, @01:59PM (#13283)
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    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.

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