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

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J. Gertz (2016), JBIS, 69, pp.263-270

Refcode: 2016.69.263
Keywords: SETI, METI, First Protocol, Space Law

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.

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