I didn't get a chance to post this over the weekend, but for those who are following the discussion over whether and how to transition control over the internet naming function to the international community, this editorial from the Washington Post suggests that there might be institutional caution growing. Here is the opening:
LAST MONTH, China hosted the first World Internet Conference and gave everyone reason to worry. At the last minute, Chinese officials tried to ram through a declaration calling for governments to exert greater control over the fastest and freest communications tool the world has ever seen, using the chilling concept of “Internet sovereignty” to justify it. Russia, meanwhile, has crushed its most prominent Internet entrepreneur — Pavel Durov, the founder of a major Facebook-like application — after he refused to cooperate with the Kremlin.