Q. Do you view your connection to GEA as a conflict with your present post? Do you see where it might create a perception of a conflict? If not, why not?
A. I do not see it as a conflict. My very short involvement occurred when I was a civilian and ended when I was a civilian. The only work I did in that capacity involved generating a fact base on which others might make decisions. I have no current interest of any sort in the organization.
I believe the perception of a conflict, if there is one, is traceable in large part to a misunderstanding of the underlying facts and the manner in which the story was reported.
I might note that I have been entirely open and transparent about my work on the diagnostic. I met with the leadership of the School Advisory Board to brief them and had numerous public conversations about the work and my role in it. [emphasis mine]
So, all you did was set up the premises on which future decisions will be based. No big whoop.
Again: Cerf has a long history of this. We have been warned.