By Brendan Sasso - 05/09/12 06:35 PM EDT
But advertisers and some government officials have criticized the domain name expansion, warning it could confuse consumers and force companies to spend millions defensively buying up domains related to their brands.
Last month, ICANN had to take its application system offline when it identified a glitch that allowed some groups to look at the confidential applications of their rivals.
ICANN said Wednesday there is no evidence that any applicant tried to use the glitch to gain an unfair edge over competitors.
The group said the "large majority" of users were not affected by the glitch.