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25 April 2020

Switzerland: Deployment of 5G: the Federal Council insists on moving forward despite opposition from the majority of Swiss citizens

Deployment of 5G: the Federal Council insists on moving forward despite opposition from the majority of Swiss citizens
Stop5G Association - Press release, 24 April 2020 - translation by the Editor of "Towards Better Health"

Bern, 24 April 2020 - Last November, the Confederation failed to take a position on the risks associated with 5G. Against this backdrop of great political and scientific uncertainty, on 22 April 2020, the Federal Council announced that it wanted to force the deployment of this new technology, even though according to a recent poll a majority of the Swiss population is opposed to it. At the same time, the abandonment, in full confinement, of the investigation into the modification of existing antennas into 5G antennas constitutes a real denial of democracy.

In the midst of this serious crisis, the Federal Council has once again presented the Swiss people with a "fait accompli" on the subject of 5G.



24 April 2020

Burning 5G Towers Across Europe is Harming Health, Wildlife And The Climate

"Without question, burning private property is a crime. This should be stopped. So should the degradation of our environment by untested technologies."

Burning 5G Towers Across Europe is Harming Health, Wildlife And The Climate
By Dr. Devra Davis, ibtimes.com, 19 April 2020

Reports of cell towers being burned and telecom workers being harassed in the U.K., The Netherlands, Ireland, and Cyprus is something scientists around the world are rightly condemning. Violent actions will only beget violent consequences for the very environment these misguided opponents seek to protect. Ironically, those living in the shadow of these towers will face the most serious hazards from any attempt to set them aflame. Where a tower or other equipment can be made to ignite, this requires the use of highly toxic combustible flammable chemicals and accelerants. If telecom equipment is set afire, this then can release a spew of toxic metals, plastics and invisibly deadly knife-like slivers of glass that rain environmental hazards onto anyone nearby and could permanently damage the local environment for years.

23 April 2020

Switzerland: The Federal Council wants to develop 5G, but cautiously

by ATS, letemps.ch, 22 April 2020 - translation

As the installation of new 5G antennas continues, the government instructs DETEC to determine the actual radiation exposure of the population. A relaxation of the limit values is not envisaged for the time being.

The installation of an antenna at Lenzerheide
in 2019. 
© REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
The Federal Council wants to develop the 5G network in Switzerland, but cautiously in view of the reticence expressed by the population, it announced on Wednesday. For the time being, there is no question of relaxing the limit values for protecting people from non-ionizing radiation.

The Federal Department of Communications (DETEC) will first have to clarify the situation with regard to antennas. The government has instructed it to draw up an "implementation aid" and to first carry out test measurements in order to determine in a transparent manner the actual exposure of the population due to adaptive antennas.

Swiss Maintain 5G Emission Standards Amid Safety Concerns


Swiss maintain 5G emission standards amid safety concerns
Reuters, 22 April 2020

FILE PHOTO: A technician is roped up as he installs
5G antennas of Swiss telecom operator Swisscom on a
mast in the mountain resort of Lenzerheide, Switzerland
June 13, 2019.
REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss government will keep current safety standards for fifth-generation (5G) mobile frequency emissions, it said on Wednesday, settling a debate that has delayed the rollout of the new technology.

Concerns about the potential health impact of 5G emissions have flared in Switzerland, where just over half of people fear that radiation from mobile antennas may be dangerous, a government report last year found.

“The Federal Council (cabinet) wants to maintain for the time being the applicable (emission) limits to protect the population from non-ionizing radiation,” it said in a statement.
It noted that a task force set up to examine the issue had been unable to agree on a joint recommendation on this point, and that parliament had twice refused to relax the radiation exposure limits.

Swiss Government Press Release: "Mobile telephony and 5G: the Federal Council decides what to do next"

"Mobile telephony and 5G: the Federal Council decides what to do next"
Communiqué, Federal Council, Swiss Government, 22 April 2020 - unofficial translation

Bern, 04.22.2020 - Mobile telephony, especially 5G, can play a crucial role in digitization. 5G makes it possible to transmit increased amounts of data faster and more efficiently. However, the development of the 5G network is met with reluctance. In this context, the Federal Council defined, on April 22, 2020, the continuation of the procedure in the matter. DETEC [Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications] must write an implementation aid for the processing of new adaptive antennas. It will also have to implement the support measures proposed in the report of the “Mobile telephony and radiation” working group. The Federal Council does not currently intend to modify the limit values ​​aimed at protecting the population from non-ionizing radiation (NIR).

17 April 2020

Phonegate: [Press release] Nokia 3.1 finally pinned by ANFR and its SAR updated

[Press release] Nokia 3.1 finally pinned by ANFR and its SAR updated
Equipe Phonegate 16 Apr 2020

In a press release issued on April 16, 2020, the National Frequency Agency (ANFR) announced that it had pinpointed a new model of Nokia, namely the Nokia 3.1. The trunk Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) measured in November 2019 by the accredited German laboratory CTC Advanced is 2.73 W/kg. This is more than 30% above the european legal limit of 2W/kg.

It is in a few months, the 4th model of the brand presented an exceedance of SAR for its users, after the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 in April 2019 and the Nokia 6.1(TA-1043) in July 2019.

14 April 2020

How Smart Cities Are Protecting Against Coronavirus But Threatening Privacy

How Smart Cities Are Protecting Against Coronavirus But Threatening Privacy
by Simon Chandler, Contributor, forbes.com, 13 April 20

Smart cities and smart city technology are being increasingly
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Smart cities can help us combat the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, in a growing number of countries, smart cities are doing just that. Governments and local authorities are using smart city technology, sensors and data to trace the contacts of people infected with the coronavirus. At the same time, smart cities are also helping in efforts to determine whether social distancing rules are being followed.

On the one hand, such applications of smart technology are exciting and invaluable, particularly in nations that have managed to keep Covid-19 case numbers relatively low, such as South Korea.

But on the other hand, the use of masses of connected sensors makes it clear that the coronavirus pandemic is–intentionally or not–being used as a testbed for new surveillance technologies that may threaten privacy and civil liberties. So aside from being a global health crisis, the coronavirus has effectively become an experiment in how to monitor and control people at scale.

10 April 2020

The Lies Must Stop - Disband ICNIRP

The Lies Must Stop
Disband ICNIRP

Facts Matter, Now More Than Ever


microwavenews.com, April 9, 2020

We’re all frazzled and anxious. The world has changed, seemingly overnight, and we don’t know when and how we will ever go back to normal —whatever that means. One thing we don’t have to worry about is whether 5G radiation is responsible for COVID-19. It’s not. There’s no credible evidence to suggest otherwise.

Lots of data show that various types of RF radiation can affect our immune systems.* But, like everything else about electromagnetic radiation, the necessary follow-up research was never done and no one knows for sure if electronic smog makes us more vulnerable to disease. I’ll leave that conversation for another time.

Yet, there is at least one parallel between how we’ve been struggling with COVID-19 over the last few months and how we have been dealing with electromagnetic radiation for the last few decades. In each case, science has taken a back seat to politics. The failure to separate fact from fiction has made the battle against the coronavirus far worse, especially in the U.S. Much the same can be said of how governments and scientific committees have addressed electromagnetic health risks.

France is Right, Kids Home During the Pandemic Shouldn't Use Phones for Hours

France is right, kids home during the pandemic shouldn’t use phones for hours
by Devra Davis, Opinion, euractiv.com, 9 April 2020

DISCLAIMER: All opinions in this column reflect the views of the author(s), not of EURACTIV.COM Ltd.

The US should follow the lead of France when it comes to testing the radiation from mobile phones, writes Devra Davis, arguing that we still don’t really know how safe the devices and their networks are.

Phones are an ubiquitous part of life.
Dr Devra Davis, the founder of EHTrust.org, served in the Clinton Administration from 1994-1999 and was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change team awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

In these worrying times when a new highly contagious virus has ended life as we once knew it, we increasingly rely on mobile phones to allow us some sense of connection to those we care about. But, just how safe are these now-ubiquitous, essential devices and the networks on which they rely?

08 April 2020

COVID-19, Surveillance and the Threat to Your Rights

COVID-19, surveillance and the threat to your rights
amnesty.org, 3 April 2020

People across the world are currently facing an unprecedented global health emergency due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Technology can and should play an important role during this effort to save lives, including by spreading public health messages and increasing access to health care. However, in the name of combatting the disease, some governments are rushing to expand their use of surveillance technologies to track individuals and even entire populations.

If left unchecked and unchallenged, these measures have the potential to fundamentally alter the future of privacy and other human rights.

Dangers of 5G to us, our town, our children, our elders...

Dangers of 5G to us, our town, our children, our elders...
by Priscilla Kulawiak, NeighborPlainfield, ILpatch.com, 7 April 2020

I am writing with concern about the plans to implement and install small-cell wireless infrastructure based on the recent FCC ruling. This ruling essentially allows installment anywhere without local control or reasonable fees. The FCC rules allow these wireless facilities 10-20 feet from homes on rights of way, and neglect health, safety, fire, falling, and other hazards while setting an absolute 60-90 day shot clock, regardless of application number. 5G will also require the removal or severe pruning of all trees along the streets, as they cannot block the signal. The FCC orders are unconstitutional and are currently being challenged. I URGE you to disallow this illegal mandate, and not take any irreversible action by changing our local wireless infrastructure ordinances to facilitate 5G, as it may be overturned. The FCC’s guidelines for radiation have not been updated for 24 years and are going off of outdated information. They also are NOT going to do any further health or safety testing for this new technology.

04 April 2020

United States: Tell Your Municipality to Pass an Emergency Ordinance to Stop Deployment of 5G During Quarantine

Tell Your Municipality to Pass an Emergency Ordinance to Stop Deployment of 5G During Quarantine
childrenshealthdefense.org, 2 April 2020

Deployment of Wireless During Quarantine Can be Stopped Legally – Here’s How:

Since the beginning of the Quarantine, we have been receiving an overwhelming number of reports from concerned citizens and parents who have been witnessing the aggressive expansion of cellular antenna installations in communities across the country. The vast majority of this activity is occurring without the knowledge or consent of our citizens and is without local government oversight, application approval, public noticing, community participation, environmental review, and most importantly, transparency. Clearly, the telecom companies are using the COVID-19 emergency as cover to expand and cement their rapid and virtually unsupervised deployment of harmful wireless infrastructure and to advance their agenda. To stop this activity and as part of our promise to be pro-active and solutions-oriented with our efforts, the Children’s Health Defense legal team came up with a legal solution.

Following the Homeland Security and the FCC orders, local authorities have emergency powers to place a moratorium on non-essential activity, including to pause all pending wireless zoning and right-of-way applications and to shut down new wireless construction.

02 April 2020

United States: SUCCESS: The Children’s Health Defense Forced FCC to Publish in the Federal Register, Blocking it from Dismissing Lawsuits

The FCC will have no basis to seek dismissal of Children Health Defense’s (CHD) or the Environmental Health Trust’s (EHT) case and will likely prevent the FCC from being able to control venue – where the cases will be heard.

SUCCESS: The Children’s Health Defense Forced FCC to Publish in the Federal Register, Blocking it from Dismissing Lawsuits
By Dafna Tachover, CHD’s Director of 5G & Wireless Harms Project

On April 1st, 2020, the FCC finally published its December 4, 2019 “RF Order” (FCC 19-126) in the Federal Register. The Federal Register notice addresses the FCC’s outrageous refusal to update its RF exposure limits or reconsider whether outer ears should be treated differently than other extremities since users often place cell phones on the ear (Docket 13-84), the final rule amendments making it easier to prove compliance with the outdated rules (Docket 03-137). The publication in the Federal Register follows Children’s Health Defense’s (CHD) motion in its case against the FCC, CHD v FCC, to force the FCC to publish its decision. As a result, the FCC will have no basis to seek dismissal of CHD’s or the Environmental Health Trust’s (EHT) case and will likely prevent the FCC from being able to control venue – where the cases will be heard. The FCC much prefers the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.