Post Detection Policy
Post-detection policy (PDP), also known as a post-detection protocol, is a set of structured rules, standards, guidelines, or actions that governmental or other organizational entities plan to follow for the "detection, analysis, verification, announcement, and response to" confirmed signals from extraterrestrial civilizations.
Scientist Zbigniew Paptrotny has argued that the formulation of post-detection protocols can be guided by three factors:
- terrestrial society's readiness to accept the news of ET detection,
- how the news of detection is released, and
- the comprehensibility of the message in the signal.
Existing PDPs mainly deals with how to announce the detection of extraterrestials. Some also focuse on the impact on Theology/Religion, Politics, Law, Science and Technology, as well as Ecology and biological warfare.