The Internet of Things (IoT) offers much in the way of convenience, economic opportunity and efficiency. It will also greatly increase the ubiquitousness and cumulative exposure of wireless radiation upon the general public. Depending on how the IoT is deployed can therefore also pose significant new risks to public health, personal privacy, and national security. Robust explorations of both the benefits and risks associated with the IoT are needed to guide responsible policy, and a Michigan Public Policy Forum was held on December 4th in Lansing, MI that featured speakers from across the world and drawing over 200 attendees.
Topics to include:
- Wireless Technologies: 5G, Smart Meters, Cell Phones, and Wi-Fi
- Where we are and where we are going
- Health implications in schools & other public places
- Public Policy Considerations
- Personal Data Privacy
- National Security issues (cybersecurity, hacking)
- How to make wireless technology safer
William Bathgate Electrical Engineer
Mr. Bathgate formerly worked for Hewlett-Packard Co, IBM Corporation and Textron Corporation. He holds a US DOD Top Secret Clearance and is an instructor of information security encryption control and compliance to the US Missile Defense Agency, NASA, and US Department of Homeland Security. He is President of DE Filters LLC, which is dedicated to consulting and designs for mitigation of the negative effects of Smart Grid technologies to business and residential buildings.
Frank Clegg Former President of Microsoft Canada
Mr. Clegg is currently the founding CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST), a national volunteer-based coalition of parents, citizens and experts whose mission is to educate Canadians and policy makers about the dangers of the exposures to unsafe levels of radiation from technology and to work with all levels of government to create healthier communities for children and families. He is also Co-Chairman of the Business Advisory Group to the Environmental Health Trust.
Patrick Colbeck State Senator, 7th District, Michigan
Prior to his service in the Michigan Senate, Senator Colbeck earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, graduated with a Life Sciences concentration from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, and was employed by Boeing as a lead engineer responsible for the design of cabling and environmental control systems within the International Space Station.
Devra Davis PhD, MPH, Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology
A visiting Professor at Hebrew University Hadassah Medical Center, Dr. Davis is also President of Environmental Health Trust. She is former bi-partisan US Senate confirmed Member of the National Chemical Safety Board under the Clinton Administration. She is Founding Director of Center for Environmental Oncology at Univ. of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and on the Board for Environmental Studies at the National Academy of Science. She has authored over 220 science publications, 3 popular books, and the silver medal award Disconnect—The Truth About Cellphone Radiation.
Cecelia Doucette MTPW, BA Technology Safety Educator and Activist
A technical and professional writer by trade, Ms. Doucette discovered wireless technology’s biological risks and has shifted her career to study the issue, educate the public, and affect policy change. After having campaigned to install wireless technology in schools, she discovered its hazards and helped Ashland Public Schools in Massachusetts become the first in the nation to implement Best Practices for Mobile Devices. She collaborated with MA Dept of Health to develop public health fact sheets that are awaiting release and assisted with 9 MA bills addressing man-made radiation and public health (https://sites.google.com/site/understandingemfs/ma-emf-bills.) She is founder and Education Services Director for Wireless Education (wirelesseducation.org).
Paul Heroux PhD, Professor of Toxicology and Health Effects of Electromagnetism, McGill University of Medicine
Dr. Heroux is a scientist with experience in physics (BSc, MSc and PhD), engineering (15 years), and the health sciences (30 years). He is Professor, Occupational Health Program Director and Medical Scientist in the Dept. of Surgery at McGill University.
Ron Melnick PhD, Former Senior Toxicologist in National Toxicology Program (NTP) at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (1980-2009)
Dr. Melnick is an independent consultant who designed the NTP carcinogenicity studies on cell phone and radiofrequency radiation. He spent 1 year as an agency representative to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to work on interagency assessments of health risks of environmental agents and on risk assessment research needs in the federal government. He served on scientific review and advisory panels for the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the US Environmental Protection Agency. He is the recipient of the American Public Health Association 2007 David P. Rall Award for science-based advocacy in public health.
Anthony Miller MD, Former Advisor to the World Health Organization
Dr. Miller is a Professor Emeritus of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada. He is the Senior Scientific Advisor to Environmental Health Trust and Canadians for Safe Technology. He has linked Radiofrequency Radiation to cancer, categorizing it a Group 1 human carcinogen.
Theodora Scarato Executive Director of Environmental Health Trust (EHT)
Ms. Scarato maintains the comprehensive EHT database on international policy that documents the 20+ nations that have protective policies in place to reduce public exposure to cell phone and wireless radiation. She was instrumental in Prince George’s County School System efforts to address lead contamination in the school’s drinking water. She raised wireless health issues to the Maryland State Advisory Council on Children’s Environmental Health Protection which issued the first ever state body advisory recommendations to the Dept. of Education to reduce radiofrequency exposures in the school setting.
Kevin Schoen CEO, ACD.net
Mr. Schoen is owner/operator of a large fiber-optic and telecommunications company ACD, headquartered in Lansing, Michigan. He has extensive experience in engineering, business development, and capital formation for start-up companies. ACD is a facilities based Internet and Telecommunications company providing Fiber Optic Service, Metro Ethernet, Telephone, DSL, Datacenter and Web hosting services.
Dafna Tachover Founder of We Are The Evidence advocacy organization
Ms. Tachover has an MBA and is an attorney in both Israel and in New York. She founded We Are The Evidence for the protection of wireless radiation injured people. She has a technical background in wireless networks and infrastructures from her service in the Israeli Defense Forces as a Telecommunication and Computers Officer and commander of the computer center of the IDF’s Operations Center and its headquarters. Since developing Microwave Sickness herself, she has dedicated herself to educating the public and authorities regarding adverse health effects of wireless technology. She led the Supreme Court case in Israel to require the use of wired internet networks instead of Wi-Fi, a case that led to the first limitations of use of Wi-Fi in schools worldwide.
James Ziobron DO, Family Medicine
Dr. Ziobron is a Family Physician in Michigan with over 53 years of experience caring for adults and children. He has become aware of wireless radiation health effects and EMF sensitivity with his patients.
Jeanine Susan Deal Founder of Michigan Safe Technology
Jeanine became involved in advocating for the safe use of technology after becoming ill from cell phones and microwave transmitting utility meters. She now dedicates her time and skills to education and awareness of the health effects of wireless radiation. She grew up in the city of Chicago and studied business, psychology, pre-nursing and neuromuscular reeducation techniques. She is also a mother and grandmother and lives in Michigan.
Joel Dorfman Managing Partner of North Star Partners
As the father of 5 sons, Mr. Dorfman became aware of the effect of wireless radiation on his children’s learning capabilities. He and his wife researched schools in the area to find one with NO wireless technology, for the betterment of the education of his children. Mr. Dorfman also serves as Chairman of the Board for Michigan for Vaccine choice.
Tawn Beliger Northfield Township Trustee
Ms. Beliger serves as trustee on a township that passed resolutions in opposition to SB 637 and SB 894 (pertaining to 5G rollout and local government’s control of the public right of way), as well as in support for HB 4220 (utility meter choice). Ms. Beliger also provided formal testimony in the Senate Energy Policy Committee. Privacy issues related to utility smart meters provoked her engagement in advocating for personal privacy rights.
Michael J. Watza General Counsel to PROTEC
Mr. Watza is Chair of the Governmental Practice Group at Kitch, a full service Law firm based in Detroit, with offices in Lansing, Marquette, Mt. Clemens, Chicago and Toledo. He also is Chair of the Novi EDC, Chair of Attorney Grievance Commission Grievance Panel #9, and Chair of the International Municipal Lawyers Telecom Committee.
Also invited to present include representatives from:
– Consumers Energy
– MI Environmental Council
– MI Public Service Commission/MI Agency for Energy
– MI League of Conservation Voters
– MI Dept of Health & Human Services
– MI Dept of Education
If we ignore these risks, the consequences include the loss of life and personal liberty. Alternatively, if we sensationalize these risks beyond the confines of reasonable evidence, we face these very same consequences as no one responsible for public policy will take such risks seriously. This lack of action by our government will in turn result in significant delays to the implementation of important protections on behalf of our citizens. As such, we need to proceed with measured urgency as plans governing billions of dollars in infrastructure investments are being implemented. If not guided by sound policy regarding the health, personal privacy and national security concerns pertaining to these infrastructure investments, billions more in investments will be needed to rectify the issues that surface as a result of these concerns.
Detroit News editorial: Wireless technology poses risks (12/5/18)
SR 190 A resolution to oppose efforts taking place in Washington, D.C., to preempt state and local property rights and authority that allow the federal government to directly regulate the placement of 5G wireless infrastructure
SB 1146 Wireless Technology Risk Liability and Transparency Act
Speeches & Testimony:
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