Ombudsman is a term given to someone who is in charge of neutrally handling and replying to all the complaints about a particular organization. The current ombudsman for ICANN is Chris LaHatte; he assumed this position in July, 2011. Responsibilities of the ICANN ombudsman include dispute resolution, filing complaints and taking actions in response to ICANN staff, board or supporting organization decisions. ICANN is required to have a fair and impartial ombudsman. The Ombudsman can only be removed by a three-fourths vote of the entire board.
NETmundial (Alternatively, the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance) was a two-day global meeting on the topic of Internet governance, attended by a group of stakeholders including government officials, representatives of global Internet organizations, civil society, and academia. The meeting took place in São Paulo, Brazil between 23-24 April 2014. It was hosted by the Brazilian government in the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The purpose of the meeting was to highlight issues relating to Internet Governance after the leaked NSA documents revealed US-lead spying of citizens and companies, and provide shared principles and steps forward for the multistakeholder community that would inform further global discussions on the governance of the Internet. (Read the full article...)
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