I'm from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. My work includes software development, computer/network/internet support. I like to support SETI because I believe the effort is a rational approach to finding intelligent life in the universe. The address of my personal web site is http://www.randolfrichardson.com/.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I don't know if intelligent life has evolved throughout the universe, but my suspicion is that we're not alone. Obviously there are benefits and dangers in everything we do (human nature), and a simple discovery of life elsewhere will have far less impact than an interaction, especially if it's a physical interaction.
If we are to transmit a beacon to others, we should probably start by sending a series of prime numbers or something similar to that which will help other curious species more easily notice us. Once we receive a response back, which I would anticipate to be either a similar message (e.g., the continuation of higher prime numbers) or one in reverse (e.g., the same series of prime numbers, but in reverse order) to act as a confirmation, we should at that time consult with scientists and NOT politicians to determine what to send next.
I believe SETI is taking a rational approach to the discovery of the possibility of intelligent life in the universe, and enjoy being a part of it, no matter how insignificant that may seem at the present time.