Inform and Protect yourself about the risks of your tech use
"The stakes are very high. Human beings are bioelectrical systems. Our hearts and brains are regulated by internal bioelectrical signals. Environmental exposures to artificial EMFs can interact with fundamental biological processes in the human body.
In some cases, this may cause discomfort, or sleep disruption, or loss of wellbeing (impaired mental functioning and impaired metabolism) or sometimes, maybe it is a dread disease like cancer or Alzheimer’s disease." —Authors of the international BioInitiative report
Safe ICT NZ wants you informed
Safe ICT NZ (Safe Information and Communications Technology for New Zealand) wants you to know the basics of how your devices work and how they affect your biology. If you apply this knowledge to reducing unsafe use and choices, you may well find current and future health problems averted or at least lessened. It is vitally important to realise that our technologies are a major threat to insects, plants, and other living things and that an Electronic Silent Spring is likely unless we make changes rather than accept this status quo. At the very least, we believe you have a right to know the levels of risk you may be subjecting yourself to. You should not have these risks foisted upon you without warnings, choice, or debate. A community should be able protect their children from a cell tower being close to a childcare centre, or a school. In some parts of the world, such a thing is no longer legal. If a phone needs to be a certain distance away form the body to comply with international safety regulations, this should not be buried information (even if, as Safe ICT NZ believes, they are not safe enough). A visit to an infertility specialist should not be the first time you receive information to store your phone away from your body. Australian Neuro-surgeon Dr Charlie Teo, who faces children coming to his hospital to be diagnosed with malignant cancers, believes that Australians should have the right to know about the dangers of cell phone radiation. We advocate New Zealanders should also have this right. Recent exposures by Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks' Julian Assange have alerted many of us to at least some—though not quite all—of the unconsented privacy, security, and Artificial Intelligence invasions from our use of digital devices, and other's use of these on us. As with health effects, Safe ICT NZ believes these privacy incursions should not be happening, and full understanding must be ensured before consent is given. We also believe that there are now enormous difficulties in negotiating the current world, for some people who have become electro-sensitive. These people, may well be "canaries in the coal mine", having often they been exposed to a lot of wireless radiation though their employment, when further exposed, become very sick, for example people are developing headaches that last for days, after driving certain brands of late model EVs. A headlong plunge to make all of our interactions wireless and digital, without other options is tormenting to those with this condition. Making digital processes a requirement for each and every interaction, often without viable alternatives, needs to be thoroughly questioned. Who is driving the decisions to do this, and why are they, what do they have to gain, and are the risks inherent in this practise? A large number of elderly people are being shut out from their normal participation, such as using cheques, without their consent. The Citizens Advice Bureau has been inundated with people hurt by this. It is a conceit to assume that elderly people have to change. When we have a combination of a requirement to do everything digitally, at the very same time as we are all trying to manage our fight against the deliberately addictive parts of our digital interaction, there is a problem. This requirement also exposes us to some form of electromagnetic field and potentially harmful effects of blue light.
Scientists used to believe the radiation emitted from a cell phone was safe
Most of us are so busy sorting out our technology choices and keeping up with the latest software, that we don't have the time to invest in understanding how it all works. We want to show how 'with-it' we are in doing clever things with the latest technology. But as for the 'back end', we tend to leave this area to the acronym-speaking engineers and to computer-programming geeks.