Editorial: 5G is fraught with serious problems. Do we really need it? Do you? VIDEO included

It would be naïve in the extreme to uncritically accept reassurances coming from the industry and governments

Yet again, a powerful industry is pressing ahead with a new technology without any evidence that it is safe for foetuses, babies, children, teenagers and adults. Most governments add to the relentless pressure and leave citizens powerless.

Arguments against 5G are mounting and include concerns for physical and mental health, national security, personal privacy, the environment, reproduction... Here are some links to further information on the issues. They are not balanced in terms of giving the industry point of view because they do that for themselves very effectively – and with more resources to hand.

I argue that to face these dangers we must be informed citizens, not naïve consumers. We must allow common sense into the debate as a counter to 5G hype. See what you think:

1. The UK government is now planning to keep Huawei out of its 5G network just a few months after inviting it in. This seems to be a national security issue. Read more

2. From the Sun Newspaper (UK) on 7/10/19:

'TUMOURS ARE INCREASING' Angry residents in Devon town ‘BAN’ local rollout of 5G over health concerns

FURIOUS residents of a quiet corner of Devon are fighting back against new high-speed mobile networks. Campaigners in the town of Totnes claim the masts that beam 5G - which promise mobile downloads up to 100 times faster than current tech can provide - pose a serious health hazard...Read more

But I understand now the UK government has overturned this ban and 5G will be rolled out.

3. 5G has not been safety tested as reported by Annelie Fitzgerald and Tom Imber:

“No long-term safety testing of 5G frequencies under real-life conditions, i.e. interacting with other forms of anthropogenic RFR and other biological and chemical agents, has been carried out. The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) recognises that the ‘lack of clear evidence to inform the development of exposure guidelines to 5G technology leaves open the possibility of unintended biological consequences.’ Or, as US Senator Richard Blumenthal succinctly put it last year, ‘We’re kind of flying blind here, as far as health and safety is concerned’ (US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, 2019).” Read more

4. Governments and the telecoms industry tell us we need 5G for the internet of things (IoT). This is assuming we all want IoT.  Here is a website, one of many, that offers the counter argument:

“This website focuses on the downsides of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). With the help of governments, the telecommunications industry has launched a race to 5G and the IoT. In so doing, they focus only on the supposed benefits of these and neglect to consider, or warn of, the serious and multi-faceted harms. The Telecom industry, echoed by our government officials, insist they are merely “responding to public demand.” Yet the vast majority of people don’t even know what 5G and the IoT are. 

“This website takes a hard look at 5G and the Internet of Things – free from industry and government bias and spin. We do not hide our viewpoint, nor do we present any of the supposed “benefits” as these are amply provided elsewhere. We believe that after looking into the downsides of 5G and the IoT, you may agree that both the real and touted benefits do not outweigh the harms.” Read more

5. Video on the dark reality of Internet of things:  The 5G Dragnet -

“Telecom companies are currently scrambling to implement fifth-generation cellular network technology. But the world of 5G is a world where all objects are wired and constantly communicating data to one another. The dark truth is that the development of 5G networks and the various networked products that they will give rise to in the global smart city infrastructure, represent the greatest threat to freedom in the history of humanity.”  Watch video

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