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My name is Jeff Field. I have a question for the Chairman, Vint Cerf. You are currently employed by Google, which is, among other things, an ICANN-accredited registrar. In the recent vote taken by the Board to settle the long-time dispute between ICANN and VeriSign, which included a set of agreements, one of which is a new registry agreement relating to the operation of the .COM registry, an agreement that directly impacts registrars, you did not abstain from voting. Regardless of the fact that your yes vote in this instance was presumably detrimental to Google's registrar business, and therefore arguably provides some sort of ethics cover, if you did not feel it appropriate to abstain from this particular vote due to your employment with an ICANN-accredited registrar, what circumstances would need to be present in order for you to feel it appropriate to abstain from future votes on matters that directly impact registrars?