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Katie Singer writes about nature and technology in Letters to Greta. She spoke about the Internet's footprint in 2018, at the United Nations' Forum on Science, Technology & Innovation, and, in 2019, on a panel with the climatologist Dr. James Hansen. Her most recent book is An Electronic Silent Spring. www.DearGreta.com and www.ElectronicSilentSpring.com.
SHARE Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Electronic Visit Verification
In 2016, the U.S. Congress enacted and President Obama signed into law the 21rst Century CURES Act, which mandates Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) of Medicaid-funded personal care or home health services.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 27, 2015 Slingshots at Goliath
Here's a partial list of actions taken by international government agencies and professional organizations in response to concerns about the health and environmental effects of exposure to radiofrequency radiation.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 3, 2016 FCC Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the Spectrum Frontiers Proceeding on July 14, 2016
Twenty years ago, during Bill Clinton's presidency and Reid Hunt's chairmanship of the FCC, the U.S. Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (the TCA). Section 704 prohibits environmental and health concerns from interfering with the placement of telecom equipment.
Regardless the public's awareness of this federal law, we all live downwind of it. Here are some recent e-developments. --Katie Singer
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 15, 2019 Our Web of Inconvenient Truths
What are the true costs of each Google and GPS search; every social media post and video stream; every email, text message and Skype call; every online purchase; every transfer of funds or medical or educational records; every "smart," "energy-saving" Internet-of-Things-connected refrigerator messaging its owner to buy more milk?
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 1, 2016 Priorities: Mobility or Survival?
Election season and starting a new school year have us clarifying priorities. In public and private discourse, we need to include that using technology has long-term consequences.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 14, 2015 Electricity UNDER Power Lines
John Minton's 2006 video, "Fluorescent Lights Under High Voltage Power Lines," shows bulbs lighting up by electrical energy they access outside, without wiring, under power lines.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 1, 2016 Telecom corporations are now deploying "small cells" on utility poles
Around North America, telecom corporations are now deploying "small cells"--small cellular antennas--on utility poles. Sometimes called distributed-antenna systems (DAS), these antennas provide citywide Wi-Fi. I've heard of one proposal to install 700 antennas around one town with one permit. I've heard of antennas going up with no permit.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 6, 2014 An Electronic Silent Spring; part 1
Besides home, I'm looking for people who want to know technology's dangers and who'll practice self-regulation to protect nature and health. I figure I've come to the right place.
I'd like to spell out some troubling rules and studies about electronics, & some regulations we can implement ourselves. But first, let's go back a few billion years, before man-made laws or mobile phones, when this planet was a mass of gasses, wa Series: Electronic Silent Spring-- Katie Singer (2 Articles, 3649 views)
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 8, 2015 Princeton University Pulls WiFi Safety Assurances
A website has released emails and screenshots detailing how Princeton
removed a position statement that their wireless networks "do not
present a hazard," after letter writing campaign by concerned parents.
SHARE Wednesday, November 21, 2018 Our Web of Inconvenient Truths
Every day, I learn about new changes that decrease consumers' choices around technology, increase energy consumption (by deploying new layers of infrastructure and marketing new devices), and increase EMR exposure.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, April 27, 2020 Behind the Screens: The True Costs of Internet Access
Several years ago, I started wondering about the Internet's energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, toxic waste and worker hazards. Nearly every day since then, I've learned something else about the true costs behind our screens, about what it really takes to send an email or stream a video.
SHARE Tuesday, December 22, 2020 5G: A Genie at our Fingertips?
Miguel Coma is an engineer in telecommunications and an Information Technology architect. After a decade in telecommunications (with two mobile operators and an equipment manufacturer), he now works as an enterprise architect in the bank-insurance sector. He believes in technology's potential to create sustainable progress.
SHARE Tuesday, April 21, 2015 "Aiming to First Do No Harm: The Education of Electronics Users"
"Aiming to First Do No Harm: The Education of Electronics Users" looks at four generations of education and regulation around electronics, including regulation around electronic interference with medical implants. Walking through metal detectors, driving a Prius, being near "smart" meters can reprogram or shut off medical implants like deep-brain stimulators.
SHARE Friday, December 30, 2016 Digital Fitness
Personal fitness coach, Ryan Munsey of NaturalStacks.com, interviews Katie Singer about why and how to reduce your household's exposure to screen-time and man-made electromagnetic radiation.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 30, 2014 A British MD Describes How Wireless Tech Affects Children
Please listen to Dr. Erica Mallory-Blythe's excellent talk, "Electromagnetic Radiation, Health and Children," given in the Fall of 2014. Dr. Mallory-Blythe is a British MD. She describes multiple studies that show how exposure to EMR affects children--along with ways we do not yet have a full picture.
SHARE Monday, November 23, 2020 Green 5G or red alert?
Engineer Miguel Coma has responded to Huawei's claims that 5G will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
SHARE Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Filtering Magnetic Fields: A Discussion with Electrical Engineer Al Hislop
Here, electrical engineer Al Hislop describes how filters work and how they can increase magnetic fields. Al designed and built parts for the WMAP spacedraft, the first spacecraft to make precise measurements of cosmic-background radiation. He also designed and built parts for the Rosetta spacecraft, currently orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The documentary "Broadcast Blues" shows Al.
SHARE Thursday, February 5, 2015 Cars, EMFs and EMR
a teleconference hosted by Inter-Occupy's Sandi Fields
facilitated by Katie Singer, author of An Electronic Silent Spring
with geophysicist and electrical engineer Dr. Gary Olhoeft
and biophysicist Dr. Bill Bruno
January 29, 2015
SHARE Wednesday, October 7, 2015 Comment for the Access Board about EMR Exposure
Regulation of electronic technologies has not kept up with deployments. As a result, several segments of the population are exposed to dangerous levels of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and screen-time.
SHARE Wednesday, January 28, 2015 The Real Amount of Energy Used to Power the Internet
Please read Jane Anne Morris' excellent piece about the real amount of energy used to power the Internet. Has anyone written about the amount of energy required to manufacture (and transport to consumers) the devices that access the Internet? In the Atlantic, Yepoka Yeebo recently described the impact that discarded devices (66 pounds per year per Westerner) have on one Ghanaian community.