In an OpEd piece published by USA Today, the CEO of ICANN Rod Beckstrom says of the new gTLD program that “It will create space on the Internet that is more secure than what exists today.”

“Applicants will undergo criminal background checks, financial evaluations and challenging technical assessments. More than 300 pages of rules govern the application process.”

“Tough standards will be a major deterrent to cyber criminals looking to take advantage of consumers. Most of these schemers and scammers will not invest the money and time needed to clear the application hurdle, nor will the new domain names — with more protections — be attractive to them.”

“Once applicants meet these high standards, they’ll be required to adopt several new safeguards, among them a process to quickly take down domain names of those who engage in clearly malicious conduct, such as trademark infringement. There are new procedures to secure remedies against wrongdoers.”

“ICANN is not just expanding the domain space. We’re improving it. We’ve heard from hundreds of experts around the world — from law enforcement to leading global trademark authorities — and we’ve incorporated their recommendations.”

“The new registries will also make information about website owners more accessible in the “Whois” databases, and create a one-stop location where accredited parties, such as law enforcement investigators, can view registry data.”

“It is simplistic to argue that expanding the Internet domain space will expand the possibility of online malfeasance. That’s like arguing that building more homes increases the possibility of home burglaries. The argument ignores the fact that this new part of the Internet’s domain-name system will offer substantially improved security, strengthened enforcement and greater transparency.”…