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BIG $ TECH GOOGLE AND SMART GOVERNMENT:
Google.gov 

Amid growing calls to break up Google, are we missing a quiet alignment between “smart” government and the universal information engine?

Google exists to answer our small questions. But how will we answer larger questions about Google itself? Is it a monopoly? Does it exert too much power over our lives? Should the government regulate it as a public utility — or even break it up? In recent months, public concerns about Google have become more pronounced. This February, the New York Times Magazine published “The Case Against Google,” a blistering account of how “the search giant is squelching competition before it begins.” The Wall Street Journalpublished a similar article in January on the “antitrust case” against Google, along with Facebook and Amazon, whose market shares it compared to Standard Oil and AT&T at their peaks. Here and elsewhere, a wide array of reporters and commentators have reflected on Google’s immense power — not only over its competitors, but over each of us and the information we access — and suggested that the traditional antitrust remedies of regulation or breakup may be necessary to rein Google in.

https://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/googlegov

 

CELLPHONES: Cell Phone Industry Wins Right to Continue Not Warning Public About Radiation Danger Other Than in Fine Print of Manuals Most Don’t Read or Can’t Find

https://www.activistpost.com/2018/06/cell-phone-industry-wins-right-to-continue-not-warning-public-about-radiation-danger-other-than-in-fine-print-of-manuals-most-dont-read-or-cant-find.html

 

CELLPHONES PHONEGATE: Appeal for the withdrawal of more than 250 mobile phone models in France, Europe and internationally

https://www.phonegatealert.org/2018/06/29/appeal-for-the-withdrawal-of-more-than-250-mobile-phone-models-in-france-europe-and-internationally/

 

CELLPHONES SCHOOLS: Secondary schools are introducing strict new bans on mobile phones 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/24/secondary-schools-introducing-strict-new-bans-mobile-phones/

 

CELLPHONES SCHOOLS: This School Banned Cell Phones—and Everyone is Happy That They Did

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/this-school-banned-cell-phones-and-everyone-is-happy-that-they-did/

 

CHILDREN GAMING DISORDER ADDICTION WHO CLASSIFICATION: | “Developing classification of disorder is a core normative function of WHO, and it does everything possible to avoid interference from commercial and other entities which may have vested interest in the outcome of the process. So for that reason, and this is exactly in accordance with WHO rules and procedures, we did not consult with the industry.” – Dr Vladimir Poznyak of the World Health Organisation explains why it didn’t talk to game publishers about including gaming disorders in the latest revision of its International Classification of Diseases.

https://kotaku.com/this-week-in-the-business-moving-at-the-speed-of-sony-1827258166

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WHO expert defends gaming disorder listing: “This moral panic lives its own life”

GamesIndustry.biz speaks with the World Health Organisation and its critics on the subject of gaming disorder

The recent World Health Organisation decision to include ‘gaming disorder’ in its latest draft of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) has opened the floodgates for criticism in academic, industry, and consumer circles.

Despite what you may have heard, ‘gaming disorder’ is not officially recognised just yet; the recommendation has been put forward, but review process will take place over the next year.

“Some people may play excessively as a method of coping with other mental health issues,” it reads. “For others, gaming could be a way to avoid unpleasant activities such as work or school as part of an existential crisis about the direction of one’s life… If we equate coping or responding to problems with a mental disorder, this will further expand the elastic boundaries of psychiatric diagnosis. They might stretch to the point of meaninglessness, potentially resulting in a dismissive view of behavioral addiction research.”

Dr Poznyak and the WHO disagree, saying assessment of an emerging condition requires that attention is paid to differential diagnosis with other conditions, and differential diagnosis with normality. Additionally, the WHO paid particular attention to the prevalence of comorbidity — the presence of one or more additional diseases or disorders occurring simultaneously with a primary disease or disorder — with ‘gaming disorder’ and mental health issues such as depression or anxiety which are also prevalent in substance abuse.

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-06-26-who-expert-defend-gaming-disorder-listing-this-moral-panic-lives-its-own-life

 

ELECRIC VEHICLES BATTERY FIRES:
Are Electric Cars Too Powerful? Tesla Model S Involved In Deadly Crash Was Traveling 116 MPH

The NTSB & Battery Fires

One of the reasons the NTSB is investigating the South Florida crash is because battery fires present unique challenges to first responders. According to ZDNet, firefighters in Florida had little difficulty extinguishing the battery fire at the scene, using about 300 gallons of water and foam to do so, but the battery reignited later on two occasions — once when it was being loaded onto a car carrier and again 5 days later while in a storage yard.

One objective of the NTSB investigation is to develop better procedures for firefighters to follow when responding to the scene of an electric car accident to avoid injury to emergency workers or others.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/29/are-electric-cars-too-powerful-tesla-model-s-involved-in-deadly-crash-was-traveling-116-mph/

 

EWASTE: E-waste chokes Southeast Asia

https://theaseanpost.com/article/e-waste-chokes-southeast-asia

 

E-WASTE/CONFLICT MINERALS: Which game companies could be using slave labor?

Conflict mineral disclosures show Sony is lax about where/how it gets its materials, while Apple sets the standard for maintaining an ethical supply chain

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-06-19-apple-worlds-company-conflict-minerals

 

FCC: The FCC’s net neutrality comments debacle: What you need to know

Does it really matter if dead people filed comments?

https://www.cnet.com/news/the-fccs-net-neutrality-comments-debacle-what-you-need-to-know/

 

5G: Radiation from 5G antennas – a health risk?

5G, the next generation of mobile Internet connectivity, is due to be launched in 2020. It promises to be much faster than 4G and to be able to handle huge amounts of data. Does the increased radiation pose a public health risk?

https://www.dw.com/en/radiation-from-5g-antennas-a-health-risk/av-44466634

 

56: https://zero5g.com/take-action-non-usa/

(I can’t vouch for this group but FYI)

 

5GDr. Naomi Wolf Posts on Social Media About 5G Small Cell Towers in NYC. Others Also Report Health Effects on Themselves and Their Pets

ANDREW CHEETHAM

https://www.davidicke.com/article/483057/dr-naomi-wolf-posts-social-media-5g-small-cell-towers-nyc-others-also-report-health-effects-pets

 

5G: Verizon CEO On The Future Of 5G CNBC  (industry)

Sacramento, Boston, LA  15 minute video, June 25, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31gpCcbklHw&feature=share

 

5G; 5G technology could change neighborhoods 6 minute video

Published on Mar 6, 2018

People aren’t happy with the hardware for new 5G cellphone technology. Problem is, it’s unclear who gets to decide where, when and how it’s delivered.
Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/77344/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNZPBqdxVt4&feature=youtu.be

 

5G: Radiation from 5G antennas – a health risk?  5 minute video

5G, the next generation of mobile Internet connectivity, is due to be launched in 2020. It promises to be much faster than 4G and to be able to handle huge amounts of data. Does the increased radiation pose a public health risk?

https://www.dw.com/en/radiation-from-5g-antennas-a-health-risk/av-44466634

 

HEALTH EHS: EHS & Electrosmog; A New Deadly Wifry Disease Affecting Millions Published on Jun 28, 2018  aplanetruth.info 22 minutes video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So-H7W3ksNg&feature=share

 

HEALTH WIFI DOC: Facts about the Health Dangers of Wi-Fi | A Silent Killer that kills us slowly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNDlAWySvaE 2 ½ minutes video

 

HEALTH: Microwave Radiation Primer

http://scientists4wiredtech.com/microwave-primer/

 

PRIVACY MARYLAND”S FACIAL RECOGNITON DATABASE
https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/29/capital-gazette-maryland-face-recognition-mirs-law-enforcement/

 

PRIVACY: Big Brother Is Listening to You… UK Tax Agency Discovered Having Recorded Voices of Over 5.1 Million Taxpayers

https://wccftech.com/uk-tax-voices-5-1-million-taxpayers/

 

SCIENCE INTEGRITY: Essay: Monsanto’s ghostwriting and strong-arming threaten sound science—and society

Discovery documents uncover the corporate capture of science, which puts public health, and the very foundation of democracy, at risk.

http://www.ehn.org/monsanto-effort-to-skew-science-2581194459.html/

 

SECURITY: Marketing Firm Exposes Data on 100s of Millions of Americans

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/6/28/1776275/-Marketing-Firm-Loses-Database-Exposes-Details-on-100s-of-Millions-of-Americans

 

 

SMART METERSCity: Timing was right to install smart utility meters

http://www.ottawaherald.com/news/20180630/city-timing-was-right-to-install-smart-utility-meters

 

SMART METERS: Smart meters to charge customers more during peak times raising the prospect of inflated bills during Easter and Christmas holidays

  • Consumers face increased energy costs during times of greatest demand 
  • Smart meters have been touted as a way of ensuring energy bills are fairer 
  • It is feared, energy companies will use the technology to increase their profits
  • Energy prices under the new system could change every 30 minutes

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5902711/Smart-meters-charge-customers-peak-times.html