Apparently last week, in Prague in theC zech Republic, the International Academy of Astronautics' SETI Permanent Study group created a set of new guidelines for how humans are to interact with ET life during first contact:
"The guidelines were and still are: Do good science and don't cry wolf. Make sure that what you're about to announce is, in fact, what you think it is," Jill Tarter, director of the SETI Institute's Center for SETI Research in California, told AOL News.
"In the case of the first protocol, it was:
Don't respond until there's some consensus,
a) that we should respond;
and b) when we respond, who's going to speak for Earth and what are they going to say?
"We originally took that to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and it's duly filed away. When we presented that, we suggested that the U.N. might want to be proactive, and to think about the fact that this might happen."...
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