ICANN will undergo a review by UK governance organisation as it makes itself more transparent after criticism of its close ties with the US government.

The UK governance organisation will review The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as it tries to increase transparency. The report from One World Trust will be made public when it's completed next year, said Paul Levins, ICANN's executive officer and vice president of corporate affairs.

ICANN is reworking its accountability practices in its position as a private, non-profit organisation that controls the administration of the domain name system (DNS), Levins said.

"Frankly, the community has told us this is an issue we need to deal with," he said.

In October, ICANN started a consultation to develop new management operating principles, Levins said. The organisation also plans to document its board meetings better and revamp its website to make its 12,000 pages more accessible.

The California-based organisation falls under the oversight of the US Commerce Department, which has led to criticism that the US government wielded too much influence over the internet's development.

In September, an existing agreement between the department and ICANN was extended for three years, although the US government could grant ICANN total autonomy after 18 months.