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 in many industries the confiden ...

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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…

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  • Ombudsman steps in after harassment claims in Whois group

    … ICANN Ombudsman Herb Waye has started monitoring an ICANN mailing list after multiple complaints of disrespectful behavior. Waye this week told participants in the Registration Data Services working group that he is to trawl through their list archives and proactively monitor the group following “multiple complaints regarding behavior…

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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…

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  • ICANN Ombudsman let go as role comes up for review

    … in again while ICANN looks for a permanent replacement. LaHatte will continue on as an adviser during the transition. The decision to replace LaHatte comes as the ICANN community begins on so-called Work Stream 2 of the IANA transition process, which includes a review of the role of the Ombudsman in ICANN’s power structure. The Ombudsman’s job is currently to adjudicate on matters of fairness in ICANN’s activities. He or she reports to the board and any advice given is non-binding. Tweet Tagged: ICANN, Ombudsman …

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  • 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…

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  • “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

    … on geographic and gender diversity in the ICANN community. “Two days ago I was sexually harassed at this meeting,” the complainant, who I’m not going to name here, told the board. She said she discovered the best way to address her grievance was by reporting it to the ICANN Ombudsman. “I was amazed that the Ombudsman told me that I…

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