Response to Declaration of SETI Principles

The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) compile a set of principles to guide the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). SETI inherently concerns the entire world, especially in the case of a positive detection, so extensive thought must be lent to ensuring SETI efforts are conducted in an ethical and scientifically collaborative manner.

In many ways, though, this document appears to raise more questions than it answers. For example, the last point regarding post-detection conduct could (and should!) trigger a storm of debate, garnering expert advice in fields such as communications, law, ethics, and anthropology (among many others.) While it is important that these guidelines have been put in place by the IAA, it is equally important to establish some sort of platform for discussing the questions raised by these guidelines.