Short online poll: Should we send/regulate messages sent into deep space?


Voyager DiskAn invitation to friends and colleagues (and strangers!) to take a very informal three-question straw-poll about human activity sending messages from Earth into outer space for potential interception by extraterrestrial life. You may briefly answer the questions (which would only take a minute or two) or add further comments if you like.

We regularly send information about Earth and humanity into space, for example by radio signal, and attached as disks to deep space craft. Should we be doing so? If so, should the process be regulated? I’m happy to hear your thoughts!

Note that this is not a formal survey, ethnographic study, or anything of the like… just a straw poll to generate some inspiration for a lecture I’m giving. Feel free to forward the link far and wide! However I will close the poll on 12 Feb 2015.


Dr Jill

Image: Voyager Golden Record

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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