mainly for events in and concerning USA

The late EMF researcher Don Hillman’s wife and his family has posted a group of his videos online

There is a new version of a 5G expedite bill in the US, WIN 5G ACT to watch for

The EMF Plague Part 1 (7 pages)

(reprint from nexus Magazine AUS)

ATTACHED: 2 –SIDED EDUCATIONAL CARD “Brain scans of cell phone radiation absorption at different ages”

For info: “No link, but we can either mail them, or we can order and have them shipped directly through VistaPrint.  The price can vary. Today they paid $94 for 1500 cards. “ Email is best


Documentary and Discussion About  the New 5G technology
Friday, August 9 at 6:30pm  Chapter Office
8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd  Ste. 101  San Diego 92111

The Sierra Club opposes 5 G technology.  Here’s why: We’ve heard about all the benefits of 5 G, but what are its human costs?  This film gives us a comprehensive look into the very real negative consequences of this unproven technology, yet to be tested for human safety.


International Workshop “Environmental effects of electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields: Flora and Fauna”.  General Information  Nov 2019

In Germany, the expansion of the power grid and the construction of several new high voltage power lines across the country as a result of the switch to renewable energy sources, as well as the introduction of the new 5G mobile communication standard and the introduction of digital techniques into almost all scenarios of the everyday life, leads to changing exposure conditions of the population and the environment to electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields (EMF) of all frequency ranges. In consequence, this leads to an increased concern of the population regarding possible health effects as well as detrimental effect on animals and plants.

In order to summarize the current state of scientific knowledge, to discuss known and possible environmental effects of EMF, the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) performs the International Workshop “Environmental effects of electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields: Flora and Fauna”. The workshop will cover the occurrence of anthropogenic fields of all frequencies in the environment, possible action mechanisms in living systems, and the observed biological effects of these fields in plants, invertebrates and vertebrates. Effects on behavior and orientation will be one of the central topics. Gaps in knowledge will be identified and depending on the results a research agenda on unintended, possibly adverse effects of EMF on the Flora and Fauna will be issued.


CELLPHONES CONFLICT MINERALS: Google Makes Big Environmental Change To Future Pixel Phones  Google has announced that all Pixel phones – and any other Made By Google devices – will “include” recycled materials from 2022.

Whether or not Google’s seemingly altruistic plan to be more environmentally friendly is motivated by PR or a genuine concern for the planet isn’t for me to say, but the environmental damage smartphones cause isn’t something to be sniffed at.

Mining of precious materials used to build smartphones – and the waste discarded phones produce – is having a serious negative effect on the environment. This is only exacerbated by the fact that almost every smartphone manufacturer releases at least one new device each year, whilst heavily encouraging consumers to upgrade.

The impact of this – including the contamination of food in parts of Africa from e-waste (electronic waste) – has been known for sometime, of course. But for companies that make smartphones and other tech products, halving their release schedule probably means ceding ground to a rival they won’t win back.


CELLPHONES HEALTH:  Microwave Emissions From Cell Phones Exceed Safety Limits in Europe and the US When Touching the Body

“ It is not sufficient for manufacturers to start recommending that the microwave radiating devices be held at distances of 5 to 25 millimeters away from the body to reduce measured SAR to meet the safety standards since these suggested distances cannot be maintained correctly without use of properly attached spacers. Even though ANFR of France has to date released the higher SAR data that does not meet the safety compliance standards when the telephones are held against the body, similar results have also been obtained by independent testing in Canada.”

AND   Canadian testing, CBC

CHILDRENA Smart Crib Is a Stupid Idea  (Older article)

CHILDREN:  AMA and American Academy of Pediatrics Both Have Warned Screens Can Cause Obesity, Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression in Teens

 CHILDRENSecurity Vulnerabilities Are Increasingly Putting Kids at Risk

Black Hat: LeapFrog Tablet Flaws Let Attackers Track, Message Kids

CHILDREN OT: 40 Astounding Benefits of Outdoor Nature Play for Kids


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Do you love a child in school? – Please consider sharing with administrators… 17 minute video

SCHOOLSSarasota County School Board approves new cell phone policy

SCHOOLS: AUS: Internet-connected schools ‘vulnerable’ to hackers

The advent of Internet-connected school classrooms has given rise to new dangerous online threats, despite the fact that they have transformed the learning process in schools all over Australia, according to a new report.

According to the report from VPN service provider NordVPN, much like other public Wi-Fi networks, school Wi-Fi might be vulnerable to hackers.

ECONOMICS: In 33 years the richest 10% of Americans could have 100% of US wealth

The three men at the top of the Forbes 400 richest list hold more wealth than the total wealth of the poorest half of Americans, so how many of you are really surprised?

ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY: From Smart Meter Education Network: Here is an interesting article from Yamaha about generators and dirty electricity. Yamaha doesn’t discuss health issues, but here is what they have to say about how it destroys equipment in your home:

Conventional Generators vs Inverter Generators

What’s the difference… and which is better (for you!)?

“More and more products today use some form of microprocessor. Not just your computer, but also your phones, TVs, game consoles, printers, DVD players, and even kitchen appliances and power tools now use sophisticated electronic circuitry. And all these microprocessors are very sensitive to the quality of the electricity they use. Using power that isn’t “clean” can make these devices malfunction, or even damage them. So any application that uses sensitive electronics – and that includes a lot more things than you might think – will likely benefit substantially from the cleaner power provided by an inverter generator.”

And for those wondering about the dirty electricity from smart meters, it is just as bad. I’ve talked to many a person whose water heater, electric stove, TV, and/or washer has been destroyed after a smart meter was installed. Most people don’t have that happen, but the equipment’s life span is shortened due to the dirty electricity. So filtering dirty electricity is for your equipment as well as your health.


ENVIRONMENT: The late Donald Hillman, Ph.D., was Professor Emeritus, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48823

Among Donald Hillman’s research works :

Relationship of Electric Power Quality to Milk Production of Dairy Herds

and Exposure to Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF) Linked to NeuroEndocrine Stress Syndrome: Increased Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, & Cancer

Electro-Magnetic Fields – EMF in Homes, Schools, and Workplaces – Part One

Electro-Magnetic Fields – EMF in Homes, Schools, and Workplaces – Part Two

The Electropathic Stress Syndrome

Cardiovascular Response to Electric and Magnetic Fields.

FCCFCC: Powercast long-range wireless power technology gains three additional FCC approvals, adding one Part 15 and two Part 18 certifications

FCC: FCC Votes To Limit Fees Paid to Local Governments

Public television advocates worry about the future of local programming

FCC: FCC Releases Cable Order that Will Cost Communities Hundreds of Millions of DollarsThe FCC released its third Section 621 Report and Order late Friday, which has the potential to cost local governments hundreds of millions of dollars in cable franchise fees. Also, unlike FCC cable orders in the past 10 years, this Order, with its required offset from franchise fees of in-kind benefits, I-Nets and potentially Public, Educational and Governmental Access Channel capacity, applies in states where franchises are granted at the state level. This includes California, Texas, Michigan and 20 others. Best Best & Krieger LLP, which represented scored of local governments in the proceeding, has a plan for local government response (see below).

Dual Response
BB&K will create a coalition to challenge the Order and seek a stay of its terms until a court can determine its legality. Please let your BB&K attorney or the author of this Legal Alert know if you wish to support the coalition’s efforts as soon as possible — as we will need to move quickly. The FCC did not grant our request for a workable effective date and made the order effective 30 days following publication in the Federal Register. With publications estimated to take place around Aug. 15, that means the Order could go into effect as early as the middle of September. An appeal may need to be filed as soon as late August.

FCC: IRREGULATORSReally Unlimited 4G Wireless for $30 Dollars? Triple Play for $45? How Much are You being Overcharged? #IRREGULATORSvsFCC

On July 22nd, 2019, IRREGULATORS v FCC moved forward and we filed the official legal brief against the FCC. The FCC has until September 5th, 2019 to respond. This legal challenge exposes one of the largest accounting scandals in American history.


5G; Concern grows over electromagnetic frequency radiation as cell phones turn to 5G Every electronic device has an electric field that comes off of it.

5G: Church Cell Tower 5G 4GLTE 1 minute video (with curse)

5G: 5G Technology: The Greatest Conspiracy of All Time?  10 minutes

 5G: 5G Modems and Phones Literally Can’t Handle the Heat of Summer Weather

5G: Dr. Beatrice Golomb, UCSD researcher, letter re: 5G to SD County BOS 8.6.19

Public link to Dr. Golomb’s emailed 5G letter to SD BOS 8.6.19


5G: Long-term studies needed Posted Wednesday, August 7, 2019 3:00 am

The editorial opinion of Bill Kaune, PhD (Leader, July 31) stated that based on scientific standards set up by the U.S. government and assessments by scientists, electromagnetic radiation (EMR) poses no medical hazard to the public.

While this is the general consensus it is largely impossible to assess long-term biological effects of EMR. Essentially all scientific studies depend on relatively short-term examination of adverse effects of EMR. Unfortunately, unlike toxins that exert damage acutely such as venom after a snake bite, EMR exerts its effects chronically, in most cases 24/7 year after year. What would be the long-term effect of EMR after 50-plus years of exposure? We can only speculate. However, the incidence of autoimmune illness and cancer continue to dramatically rise annually. Mental illness from anxiety and depressive disorders to psychotic conditions is also on the rise. Might EMR play any role at all in contributing to these illnesses?

The plan to begin providing 5G internet services will increase our exposure to EMR as will the installation of “smart” meters.Future modernization of homes with a panoply of smart devices will similarly increase our exposure. Hypersensitive individuals experiencing difficulty with EMR have made efforts to lessen the burden by shutting down devices in their bedrooms while sleeping. Some have moved “off the grid” to eliminate it entirely.

Long-term controlled studies of EMR continuing for years if not decades would be required to ascertain the absence of harmful biological effects. Until that is done the question of EMR “toxicity” cannot be refuted.

Jonathan Collin, MD Editor-in-Chief Townsend Letter,63784


5G INDUSTRY EVENT: Michael Repacholi & Malaysia Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology 5G and Non-Ionizing Radiation conference. 
Further information can be obtained at:

5G: AT&T’s 5G network comes to NYC, but not for regular customers

Technically, it’s the 21st city with AT&T’s 5G network

AT&T technically launched 5G service in New York City today, but as with its other 5G markets, only business customers and developers will be able to access it. The carrier is selling Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G for those who want to utilize its millimeter wave-based 5G data speeds. AT&T is calling the launch a “limited introduction” and a “first step” for now, but it boasts that this is the 21st city where the company has launched its network.

AND: AT&T turns on mmWave 5G in NYC, plans sub-6 GHz coverage in ‘coming months’

5G: Verizon 12-15 months ahead of competition on 5G, says EVP Dunne

 “The lower down the spectrum tiers you go, that will approximate to a good 4G service,” said Dunne. “[Verizon] have a very good 4G LTE service in parts of the U.S. where some of our competitors don’t. If somebody else is rushing to bring out 5G nationwide, it may be because they don’t actually have credible 4G LTE coverage in those areas to start with.”

According to Dunne, Verizon plans to have nationwide 5G coverage, but will also have mmWave 5G in most places that large amounts of data are used. Verizon has previously said it intends to use a multi-band strategy for 5G. Executives have pointed to dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) as a way to dynamically allocate some of Verizon’s current 4G LTE spectrum assets for 5G, which could come into play next year.


5G:  Where do the major US carriers stand in deploying 5G?

5GMATSUI’S AIRWAVES DEAL — Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) is today expected to formally unveil legislation intended as a compromise for freeing up 5G-friendly airwaves in the C-band. These airwaves have been the source of a quiet lobbying war in Washington this year between satellite operators who hold the spectrum angling to arrange a private sale and other industry players and some lawmakers who insist an FCC-run auction will yield more public interest benefits. Matsui, co-chair of the Spectrum Caucus, had earlier circulated a draft version of her WIN 5G Act favoring an FCC-run auction with a sliding scale for how much money satellite companies can recoup depending on how much spectrum is sold. Her legislation being introduced this week will have tighter timelines for when the spectrum sale would have to occur. – POLITICO

Matsui Toughens Time Frames in WIN 5G Act

Introduces final version of C-Band bill

5G Delaware: UD enters creative partnership to make 5G wireless possible

5G: Does 5G Equal Massive MIMO?

One question they are asking is whether 5G deployments will exclusively use massive MIMO antennas or whether massive MIMO is just one of many tools that might be used for 5G.

In the video below, I discuss some of the reasons why massive MIMO is not always the best way to implement 5G in the network. Feel free to leave me a comment below with any questions you may have.

Cost, capacity, size and power

5G: Active, passive, or both? Finding the best antenna upgrade approach to 5G can be daunting.

Weighing out cost vs performance vs space

Active antenna systems will play a part in 5G deployments as they clearly deliver advantages in supporting multi-user MIMO and beamforming to improve spectral efficiency and capacity within a given area. However, in virtually all networks—certainly in developed markets—5G will be layered on top of legacy 2G, 3G and 4G networks using infrastructures potentially over 10 years old that were not designed to support the level of tower-top equipment being deployed today. This consideration merits a closer look at cost-effective solutions that meet the level of capacity truly needed.

Keep in mind that only a small percentage of sites in most networks are nearing capacity limitations. Many regulators in Europe are packaging 3.5 GHz into spectrum blocks of around 75 MHz, which is of a similar order of bandwidth to that currently used in downlink legacy FDD. If an additional 15 to 20 percent of spectral efficiency improvement provided by 5G NR is considered, then operators can deploy 5G NR at much lower costs using a passive beamforming antenna along with an 8T8R (or even 16T16R in future) radio unit (RU) and still benefit from significant capacity increase as well as other 5G benefits.

Most operators want to initially deploy 5G onto their existing network, which may already host several antennas on each site. Adding more antennas is not always straightforward.

More bands, more antennas—OOPS, no more space.

5G; How the Pentagon can win the fight for 5G

In a speech to the Atlantic Council, Ellen Lord, the under secretary of defense for acquisitions and support, spoke of the importance of 5G saying, “[i]f we don’t embrace [5G] and apply it towards our goals, we could be overcome quickly with technical overmatch. We can’t allow that to happen.”

But China’s dominance in the field has created a dilemma for American decision makers – whether to strike out on our own 5G path or follow China, a potential adversary, and the rest of the world on a separate 5G path.

There are two sections of spectrum that can be used for 5G deployment. One is in the 24 and 300 gigahertz spectrums, known as mmWave. The other is in the “sub-6” (below 6 gigahertz) spectrum.

Currently, an international debate is underway over which spectrum to use. The U.S. government is pushing for use of the mmWave spectrum. Most of the rest of the world, led by the Chinese, is pushing for the use of the sub-6 spectrum, citing its superior technology

This has led some experts to question the U.S. government’s strategy.

The Defense Innovation Board, a group of technology leaders who advise the Pentagon, wrote in a report on 5G issued in April that “[a]s sub-6 becomes the global standard, it is likely that China … will lead the charge. This would create security risks for [Defense Department] operations overseas that rely on networks with Chinese components in the supply chain.”

To combat these problems, the U.S. government has jawboned our allies not to use Chinese equipment developed by Huawei and ZTE in their 5G networks and threatened retaliation against those who do.

But a heavy hand rarely bests the invisible one. While a handful of allies, such as Australia, have foresworn Chinese technology in their 5G systems, most have not.

5G: Houston, We Have a Problem: Satellite Alliance Fractures Over 5G Spectrum Sale Profits

5G INDIASecurity concerns should be addressed before adopting 5G: Airtel

The government assured it is going through all issues, adding that concerns will be addressed through the Personal Data Protection Bill.

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OTHER TELECOM: My Plan to Invest in Rural America: A Public Option for Broadband ( US Democratic Pres. candidate Elizabeth Warren)

I will make sure every home in America has a fiber broadband connection at a price families can afford. That means publicly-owned and operated networks — and no giant Internet service providers running away with taxpayer dollars. My plan will:

  • Make it clear in federal statute that municipalities have the right to build their own broadband networks.
  • Prohibit the range of sneaky maneuvers giant private providers use to unfairly squeeze out competition, hold governments hostage, and drive up prices. We will return control of utility poles and conduits to cities, prohibit landlords from making side deals with private ISPs to limit choices in their properties, and ban companies from limiting access to wires inside buildings. We will make sure that all new buildings are fiber-ready so that any network can deliver service there, and we will also enact “Dig Once” policies to require that conduit is laid anytime the ground is opened for a public infrastructure project.


HEALTH: “All EMF*d Up”: A “Sensitive” Person’s Journey with Federally Recognized Disability, Electromagnetic Sensitivity aka Microwave Sickness

HEALTHFitbit fanaticism: fact or fake news?

It has become a popular idea in the media and online that a virtual cornucopia of economic, health, and social benefits are there for the taking if people begin to engage with the rampant e-health and e-medicine juggernauts that are being released to the public on a daily basis.  Anyone with the will and access to a broadband connection can interface with applications such as patient and/or provider-centric electronic records and health information exchanges; participate in tele-health and other online consultations; and search for information, treatments and practitioners. Users can also plug in (or wirelessly connect) to the network to upload a plethora of vital statistics collected by the second/minute/hour/day or whatever; receive automated diagnoses, and — if the equipment is so capable — treatments dispensed with mechanical precision and control. But are the possible benefits as large as anticipated in the hype?

Fitbits are everywhere but in the health status improvement data

Somewhat surprisingly, given all the hype, the authors found “there was little indication that wearable devices provide a benefit for health outcomes.” Of the six studies meeting the strict criteria required to assess causal relationships, “only one study showed a significant reduction in weight loss among participants who used wearable devices. No significant reduction was discovered in cholesterol or blood pressure.” They concluded that “wearable devices play an active role as a facilitator in motivating and accelerating physical activity but current data do not suggest other consistent health benefits.”


Is there a benefit to patients using wearable devices such as Fitbit or Health Apps on Mobiles?: A systematic review

HEALTH: Heart attack rates are increasing among those under 40, according to disturbing new study

As reported by Everyday Health, research discussed at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session, held in March of this year, revealed that heart attacks in adults under the age of 40 rose by an average of 2 percent each year between 2006 and 2016.”


#024: Microwave Radiation Affects the Heart

Microwave radiation exposures affect cardiovascular system and antioxidants modify the effect

Radiation from wireless technology affects the blood, the heart, and the autonomic nervous system

HEALTH ENTERTAINMENT EHSNetflix Acquires Filipino Rom-Com ‘The Girl Allergic to WiFi’

HEALTH: Reduce Cell Phone Wireless Radiation for Teenagers: Cyprus Committee on Children and the Environment


HEALTH OT: The Devil We Know 2018 – The Chemistry Of A Cover Up Documentaries Poison The World – The Chemistry Of A Cover-Up Documentary / Documentaries 2018  1 ½ hour video
THE DEVIL WE KNOW (English Subs)
This HD documentary details DuPont’s alleged decades-long cover-up of the potential harm caused by chemicals used to make popular Teflon products
The Devil We Know is a 2018 investigative documentary film by director Stephanie Soechtig regarding allegations of health hazards from Teflon, and the DuPont corporation’s potential responsibility.  It includes footage of public hearings, news reports and corporate ads, along with input from scientists and activists.  The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Citizens in West Virginia battle a powerful corporation after learning that it has consciously been dumping a toxic chemical into the local water supply.  Their investigation unearths that this chemical is actually found in the blood of 99.7% Americans.


HEALTH: Reduce Exposure To Children: French Health Agency Issues 2019 Report On Health Effects Of Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields
French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)

2019 Report on the Health Effects of Exposure To Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields

June 21, 2018  The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) published a new reportconfirming the repeated association of health effects (childhood leukemia) from exposure to extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMF). The reports recommends minimizing exposures, especially for children and pregnant women in “sensitive areas.”

ANSES OPINION and REPORT on the Health Effects of Exposure to Low-frequency Electromagnetic Fields (French)


HEALTH  OT not RF : Young & Restless: BPA, Circadian Rhythms, and Hyperactivity

  • Exposure to bisphenol A during pregnancy can lead to changes in offspring circadian rhythms, which may lead to hyperactivity later in life.
  • BPA was shown to disrupt circadian rhythms even at levels far lower than what North American and European governments consider safe.
  • BPA exhibits unpredictable dose curves, which government agencies should recognize and craft more nuanced regulations to protect the public.

Regulatory Upgrades 

Kurrasch and her team will next study the specific changes to the suprachiasmatic nucleus that can cause these effects, looking especially at the alterations in hypothalamic structure and/or expression of neuropeptides and other factors that are changed by gestational BPA exposure. “Our plan is to gain as complete of an understanding as possible of the mechanistic effects of BPA on the developing hypothalamus,” she says.

For now, Kurrasch says that this current study is further evidence that BPA might be harmful on developing as well as mature brains. This study is an indictment of even very low doses of BPA, since the researchers here administered doses far below what North American and European government agencies consider safe. “Although we recognize that regulatory policy is complex and has to take in a variety of factors,” Kurrasch says, “we believe that the current regulations are not taking into account the large and growing body of research evidence that low-dose BPA exposure has harmful effects and that safety guidelines should be re-examined.”

HEALTH SCIENCE INTEGRITY: An Inside Look At How Monsanto, A PR Firm And A Reporter Give Readers A Warped View Of Science

Dogged for years by bad press, Monsanto hit reboot with Ketchum.

o reboot the national dialogue, Ketchum created a campaign called GMO Answers, and used social media and third-party scientists to offer a counternarrative to allay concern about Monsanto’s products. HuffPost has acquired 130 pages of internal documents from an anonymous source that detail the campaign and its tactics for enhancing Monsanto’s public image ― tactics that include developing close relationships with one writer in particular that seem to have paid off for the company. (Bayer bought Monsanto in 2018.)

“Embracing skepticism” is a strategy the PR firm of Hill & Knowlton created for tobacco companies in the 1950s, a way to counter the prevailing science on a subject with experts who would offer a more industry-friendly alternative. Harvard historian Allan Brandt described the scheme as “brilliant” — it allowed tobacco companies to pretend they were addressing the accumulating evidence that cigarettes caused cancer while effectively undermining the public’s confidence in that evidence.

Revealed: how Monsanto’s ‘intelligence center’ targeted journalists and activists, Internal documents show how the company worked to discredit critics and investigated singer Neil Young

HOUSINGGloria Frank‎ to EHS Roommate Finder USA

Hello everyone. I am going to give this a try to see what comes of it. My friend Dafna Tachover suggested this site knowing that I have a home that is Chemical FREE, wireless free, no wireless computers cordless phonesno smart meter and absolutely no cell phones allowed. I built a guest suite upstairs which has two bedrooms, a new kitchen, a double sink bathroom and it’s a peaceful place. Keeping it peaceful is imperative I do however live in a very large residential neighborhood.Personally, I do not feel harmed unless I am in close proximity to wireless technology.I never feel ill in my own home, but going out in the world as we all know is a totally different story. I am on a corner lot and my only neighbor on my left side has an analog an analog meter whichI pay for. My neighbors across the street allow me to shield their smart meter I am considering renting the upstairsbut I know it will not be an easy task. There are many specifices I require, and I must ask many questions and have many conversations with people of interest. I am open to 2 females or a female/male couple. I live in Reno, Nevada near beautiful Lake Tahoe. If interested please PM me and tell me a little about yourself. Thank you, Gloria

Gloria Frank to EHS Roommate Finder USA

INSPIRATION: Overcoming the Robotic Mind – Why Humanity Must Come Through: Q&A with Author Julian Rose

POLICY, INTERNATIONAL: UN Human Rights invites input on Business & Human Rights in Technology Project (B-Tech) draft scoping paper (deadline 2 Sept)

OHCHR B-Tech Project

UN Human Rights has launched the B-Tech Project which will seek to provide authoritative guidance and resources to enhance the quality of implementation of the United National Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights with respect to a selected number of strategic focus areas in the technology space.

UN Human Rights is inviting written submissions from all stakeholders on the B-Tech Project draft scoping paper for consultation which sets out the proposed scope and focus areas of the Project. Written input should be sent at by 2 September 2019. 

summary report and Introductory remarks are also available from the B-Tech Project’s First Multi-Stakeholder Expert Consultation at RightsCon 2019.

For more information about the Project, visit the B-Tech Project page and any questions or comments can be sent to

The discussion reinforced support for the Project including a focus on the State Duty to Protect in the context of digital technologies. A key thread was the tension between on the one hand that many States may have existing or new rules and regulations that will be suitable to protect populations from harm involving new technologies – such as the EU’s GDPR, or laws related to non-discrimination in employment recruitment, while on the other hand States may also have laws in place (for example in relation to network shutdown requests or direct access requirements) that can strongly pressure companies to become contributors to serious human rights harms. It was felt that the project will need to keep in mind both sides of this tension. Participants raised the challenge that – just as in other areas of business and human rights – there may be a lack of policy coherence in many States between economic growth and domestic innovation priorities, and States’ human rights obligations. UN Human Rights noted that, with this in mind, the Project will focus on the aspects of the UNGPs that focus on public policy coherence within and among States. In relation to State motivations to address governance gaps that permit human rights harms from the use of digitial technologies, some participants raised that the relationship between responsible use of technology and realizing the SDGs may provide a valuable entry point.

PRIVACY: German data protection authority orders Google to halt human review of voice AI recordings over privacy concerns


PRIVACY: Huntington Park’s new “RoboCop” stores pedestrians’ faces, scans license plates, and costs $8,000 a month to run

California police department highlights ability of the “automated” cop to blacklist flagged individuals

WARFARE: U.S. Air Force and Raytheon Join Navy and Lockheed Martin by Introducing Directed Energy Weapons

SECURITY: Democrats and Doctors Behind Latest Wave of Leaked Data

Patient medical history and over 6 million email addresses tied to Democrats were detailed in a misconfigured storage buckets over the past few weeks.

Data leakage via misconfigured Amazon storage buckets struck twice in the past few weeks. In July, almost 14,000 documents detailing patient social security numbers and medical data – such as mental illness or cancer – was exposed in a misconfigured storage bucket owned by healthcare vendor Medico.

Weeks later, researchers reported on Tuesday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee leaked over 6 million email addresses when a file name “EmailExcludeClinton.csv” became available via misconfigured Amazon storage bucket. Data in that leak is suspected to include a list of people who had opted out or should otherwise be excluded from DSCC marketing emails.

SECURITY: Millions of Android Smartphones Vulnerable to Trio of Qualcomm Bugs


SECURITY: Microsoft Warns Russian Hackers Can Breach Secure Networks Through Simple IoT Devices

SECURITY: Let’s All Stop Ignoring the IoT and Its Achilles Heel

An estimated $5 trillion is going to be spent on IoT before 2021, by companies and organizations looking to fulfill potential and increase bottom lines. This is great news for futuristic ways of living, but unless each dollar is paired with another dedicated to security, the advances will be all for naught. The new U.S. Senate proposal, holding vendors to account, is a step in the right direction.

We must now all accept that IoT has an Achilles heel, and hackers have pretty good marksmanship.

SMART CITIES UKENGIE partners with Innovate UK to fund pioneering energy projects   About ENGIE New Ventures
ENGIE New Ventures (ENV) is the corporate venture arm of ENGIE. ENGIE is committed to leading the energy revolution, moving towards a more decarbonised, decentralised anddigitised world.
ENV is a €170 million fund focused on taking minority stakes in high-performing startups. ENV has deployed €75 million of capital across 21 investments. Portfolio companies include: FTS Connected Energy, Kiwi Power, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Gogoro, Heliatek,StreetLight Data, Sigfox, and HomeBiogas. Offices are located in Paris, San Francisco, Singapore and Tel-Aviv.

ENGIE announces today that it invested USD 2 million in StreetLight Data, a U.S. based company, building big data analytic solutions to transform transportation planning and urban mobility.
Urban planners and transportation engineering companies require accurate data about mobility behavior in order to design transportation services and plan for critical infrastructure investments. To address these needs, StreetLight Data has successfully developed and launched StreetLight InSight®, a mobility and transportation analytics tool powered by trillions of GPS and cellular data points describing many billions of activities.

[Note:  YouTube video on how StreetLight Insight gets your data (e.g., from Data 5 pinging your smartphone via opted in app, therefor no privacy invasion), feeds it to the streetlights then inputs it into MACHINE LEARNING + ALGORITHMIC   PROCESSING.  1 hour industry

In the past year, StreetLight InSight® has been leveraged in over 100 Smart City applications. For Virginia, StreetLight Data has created Metrics to enable local agencies to develop solutions to reduce traffic congestion hot spots using innovative demand management programs. In San Diego, StreetLight Data Metrics were used to measure the impact of a new tolling system on traffic flow and social equity.

For ENGIE, this investment opens up new opportunities for the Planning & Trend Data Solutions market, which is expected to grow to $6 billion globally in 2020. StreetLight Data’s solutionscombined with ENGIE’s transportation service expertise will enable dramatically reduced pre-analysis bid costs and help to better measure externalities such as traffic jams and air pollution and quantify Key Performance Indicators for the effectiveness of implemented corrective measures

“There is a lot of buzz about Smart Cities without specifics on the tangible solutions to enable them. ENGIE invested in StreetLight Data because their mobility analytics illustrate the flow of a city’s people, goods and services and are already a key enabler to the actual creation of smart, efficient and sustainable cities” highlighted Gérard Mestrallet, CEO of ENGIE. “StreetLight Data will provide insight to help ENGIE and its customers make better mobility decisions” he added.

StreetLight Data is the 8th investment of ENGIE New Ventures, the corporate venture fund of ENGIE, since the fund’s inception in 2014 and the 3rd in the U.S. along with Tendril (energy services management platform) and Advanced Microgrid Solutions (energy storage as a service). With an investment budget of €100 million, ENGIE New Ventures takes minority stakes in startups and companies developing products and services driving energy transformation.

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in San Francisco (California), StreetLight Data has over 100 customers in the U.S. and Canada using the StreetLight InSight® web app for Smart Cities, urban planning, transportation engineering, and real estate decision support.

SMART CITIES: Smart Cities Promote Social Isolation, Not Togetherness


SMART CITIES: San Diego To Have 4,200 Streetlight Cameras By 2020


SMART METERS: Thank You | Smart meter ad 2019 | 30 secs | Smart Energy GB

30 second industry ad  (INDUSTRY)

SMART METERS:  National Grid, Navigant, and the Massachusetts Department of Public utilities; an overview of misleading and or fraudulent Worcester National Grid smart meter pilot program results reporting”.

Petition of Patricia Burke.

UTILITIES: Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium to Take Place Oct. 29 Join us at the premier conference on utility-customer education and innovation on Oct. 29th in Washington, DC.

Whether you are a utility looking to roll out advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), are considering Dynamic Pricing or Time-of-Use programs, or are looking for ways to further optimize your AMI investments, this event is for you.

UTILITIES AZ: Arizona commissioner cites ‘unacceptable risks’ from lithium-ion batteries for large-scale projects

UTILITIES CA: Clearway Lowers 2019 Guidance as Poor Weather Adds to PG&E Headache

Facing a number of headwinds, multi-gigawatt renewables operator Clearway dimmed its guidance for the second time this year.


UTILITIES CA: Sonoma County leaders outline plans to help residents brace for PG&E power shut-offs

UTILITIES CA: California Focus: Will this be yet another phony PUC investigation?

UTILITIES DUKE: Duke Drops Largest Solar Project in North Carolina Procurement — Its Own

The cancellation of an 80-megawatt project with no financial penalty raises questions about a monopoly utility competing against private developers.

UTILITIES HA: Hawaii’s Trailblazing Solar Market Continues to Struggle Without Net Metering

National market leader Sunrun has seen its PV permits tumble in Hawaii, echoing broader problems for the market. Is this the new normal?

UTILITIESMassachusetts zeroes in on shaving the peak

The state’s latest presentation gives a lot more details on its Clean Peak Standard proposal, as well as shedding more light on the why behind the policy.

UTILITIES MAINE: CMP proposes $6 million fund for customers over disputed bills

UTILITIES:  Appalachian Power offers cash in exchange for access to customer’s internet-connected thermostats

UTILTIES: SC  After pressure from critics, South Carolina utility regulators terminate a contract with a consulting firm that has deep ties to the state’s large utilities. (Post and Courier)

(I could not open this FYI)


Communities are resisting the Tennessee Valley Authority’s frequent cost increases and lack of transparency and clean energy

Other local utilities are also struggling with TVA’s frequent rate increases. Memphis Light, Gas and Water, TVA’s largest customer, is looking into the feasibility of cutting ties with the monopoly utility and creating its own power generation facilities. Multiple independent studies show that the Memphis municipal utility could save up to $333 million a year if it broke from TVA.

A Memphis Light, Gas and Water spokesperson stated that the utility’s long-term plan is expected to be completed by early 2020, after which utility staff will make a recommendation to their board. The utility is holding monthly community meetings until then to gather public input on the matter. If the Memphis utility splits from TVA, it is contractually obligated to give a five-year notice before cutting ties completely. Costs would likely increase for other local power companies if Memphis left.

(recalling that the Memphis smart meter installers were early active smart meter opponents)

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