An ombudsman or public advocate is usually appointed by the government or by parliament, but with a significant degree of independence, who is charged with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints of maladministration or violation of rights. In some countries an Inspector General, Citizen Advocate or other official may have duties similar to those of a national ombudsman, and may also be appointed by the legislature.
Posts about Ombudsman
  • Even post-Weinstein, no sexual harassment complaints at ICANN

    … There have been no formal complaints of sexual harassment in the ICANN community since the organization introduced a zero tolerance policy back in March, according to the Ombudsman. That’s even after the current media storm about such behavior, precipitated by the revelations about movie producer Harvey Weinstein, which has given men and women…

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  • Iran rep reported to ICANN Ombudsman, again

    … Iran’s Governmental Advisory Committee representative has found himself reported to ICANN’s Ombudsman for alleged bad behavior for the second time in just a few months. Outspoken GACer Kavouss Arasteh was referred to Ombudsman Herb Waye by consultant John Laprise, according to posts on mailing lists and social media. Both men serve…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 13 readers -
  • Ombudsman steps in after harassment claims in Whois group

    … that contravenes the ICANN Expected Standards of Behavior and possibly the Community Anti-Harassment Policy”. The RDS working group is exploring the possibility of replacing the current Whois system, in which all data is completely open, with something “gated”, restricting access to authenticated individuals based on their role. Law enforcement agencies…

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  • Ombudsman trashes ICANN’s rejection of .gay “community”

    … ICANN’s outgoing Ombudsman fired a parting shot at his former employer last week with a scathing analysis of its rejection of .gay as a community gTLD. ICANN should reject the decisions of two independent Economist Intelligence Unit panels, which found that Dotgay LLC’s application for .gay did not meet the strict definition of “community…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 28 readers -
  • ICANN Ombudsman let go as role comes up for review

    … ICANN’s Ombudsman, Chris LaHatte, has been told his services are no longer needed. His first five-year contract expires July 27, but he’s been informed that it will not be renewed. No reason has been given for the move. Herb Weye, who took the role on an interim basis in 2011 after the departure of former Ombusdman Frank Fowlie, will step…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 16 readers -
  • ICANN pimps new sexual harassment rules

    … meeting which divided the community on whether the alleged incident amounted to sexual harassment or not. ICANN’s Ombudsman, Chris LaHatte, concluded that whatever took place “cannot be considered serious”, but he did not make a formal finding. LaHatte has already endorsed the proposed change to the expected standards document. It does not seem…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 10 readers -
  • “Cheese sandwich” comment blamed for sexual harassment complaint

    … ICANN’s first formal case of sexual harassment has been closed with no official finding by the Ombudsman. Ombudsman Chris LaHatte today said he was unable to establish the facts of the alleged incident, which is said to have taken place during a coffee break at the ICANN 55 meeting in Marrkech, March 6. LaHatte said that the complainant’s…

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  • ICANN receives first sexual harassment complaint

    … ICANN’s Ombudsman has received what is thought to be the first complaint of sexual harassment at an ICANN meeting. The allegation emerged during a meeting between non-commercial stakeholders and the ICANN board of directors yesterday. During its sessions with constituency groups yesterday, the ICANN board had pushed participants for their views…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 48 readers -