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ICANN bypasses second AoC report
Raising further questions about its accountability, ICANN's Board bypassed the second of four independent reviews and this month gave its new CEO carte blanche to try a new approach to the decade-long policy problem of Whois data. The Whois review team is reportedly furious that its has been dismissed with little or no public discussion and following a number of unexplained delays since the report was delivered late last year. The actions mirror those of the Board last year when it attempted to bypass a critical independent report in its accountability and transparency. Only fierce lobbying on the part of key community members and the US government caused that report's recommendations to be accepted and even though only after unexplained delays of over a year. ICANN is obliged to carry out four independent reviews into different aspects of its work under an agreement it has with the US government.