After a research paper from University of St.Gallen and Harvard accused ICANN of transparency deficits, ICANN Ombudsman defended his role by saying that “the Office of the Ombudsman, with access to information, and the ability to analyse any systemic issues where transparency needs improvement, is the mechanism for this purpose.”.
The ICANN Ombudsman commented this paper because he said that “the writers fail to take into account, other than a superficial mention, the role of the Ombudsman. The multi-stakeholder model and the need for transparency in decision-making and the disclosure of documents, is balanced by the role of the ombudsman as set out in Article V of the ICANN bylaws.”
You can find the complete response to the paper by the ICANN Ombudsman here.
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