Post-Detection SETI Protocols & METI: The Time Has Come To Regulate Them Both

Regulations governing METI are weak or non-existent. Post-detection SETI protocols are non-binding and too general. Vastly increased SETI capabilities, Chinese involvement in the field, and an intensified effort by METI-ists to initiate radio transmissions to the stars are among reasons cited for urgency in addressing the question of appropriate regulations. Recommendations include regulations at the agency level and laws at the national level as well as international treaties and oversight.

John Gertz
(Submitted on 29 Jan 2017)

Comments: 20 pages, 0 figures, Accepted for publication in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS)
Subjects: Popular Physics (physics.pop-ph); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as: arXiv:1701.08422 [physics.pop-ph] (or arXiv:1701.08422v1 [physics.pop-ph] for this version)
Submission history
From: John Gertz
[v1] Sun, 29 Jan 2017 19:49:28 GMT (678kb)

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