Safer Technology, Healthier Society Teleconference Series

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Safer Technology, Healthier Society Teleconference Series

We are beginning a series of discussions on the above topic. If you cannot attend, we will attempt to record and post online.

1 August 2020, Saturday, 3 PM ~ How to Get Safer, Respectful Technology

Teleconference Number – dial 1 (302) 202 – 1104 and enter code 483409.

      • Discussion of health and social impacts of technology & solutions. Lled by Last Tree Laws co-chair Kirstin Beatty, a former teacher in Springfield public schools. This event is sponsored by the Springfield Cultural Council and therefore Springfield residents have priority seats.
      • Q & A Ask a question in comments below- no email is required.
      • Donate here to buy the Springfield Library a meter to measure wireless, just as is available in Ashland:

Donate to buy Springfield Library a wireless meter

10 October 2020, Saturday ~ School Surveillance

      • Academic presentation on surveillance in schools – details on guest speaker and presentation to be provided at a later date.

 

Lemmings for Bad Bills

Lemmings for Bad Bills

By Kirstin Beatty on 10 May 2020

 

Please be careful and pay attention to what you support or sign. Don’t be a lemming!

Some of the bills submitted to the Massachusetts legislature on wireless may look good on the surface, but the devil is in the details as noted. The same can be true for requests for testimony.

Advocates are going to support the bills most close to heart, but I find sometimes that advocates support problematic legislation without caveat.

Examples of  problematic 2019-2020 Massachusetts bills include:

      • the Best Management Practices bill H. 1874,
        • (Marketed as reducing wireless, but phrasing was to install wireless)
      • the S. 129 bill for a commission to study wireless or wireless disclosure,
        • (This commission could be stacked in favor of industry – we thought changes had been made, but no)
      • H. 383 for a 5G Task Force, etc.

Legislators barely have time to examine or alter bills, and to support these bills or support them without caveat is a disaster. The last one is in fact to directly promote 5G – how can this help without a miracle?

I’ve heard advocacy for the above problem bills without any discrimination, despite my critiques or warnings. Looking at the templates offered by advocates in support of some of these bills, criticism and details about bills are absent. When I prepare testimony for others to sign, I make very clear what the testimony supports in fairness to signatories and legislators.

I believe critical analysis posted here at Last Tree Laws is helpful, as well as the original legislation we’ve put forward. Some examples submitted in MA for 2019-2020 include:

        • S. 294  An Act Limiting School Screen Time – to allow schools to opt out of mandated technology use in every classroom;
        • S. 295 and H. 588 – bills which protect student and staff privacy and support a more thorough education about technology risks.
        • S. 1271 – Educating patients on environmental health risks – initially conceived in 2015 and submitted then as SD. 2256.
        • Etc. . . .

If you haven’t, please consider subscribing, signing our testimony (when relevant), and helping so as to magnify our efforts. Our organization operates on the backs of a few with limited time and funds.

We don’t receive grants, funding is nightmare, technology needs are great, and we don’t have time or expertise for marketing although we’d love an ice-cream social benefit. Lobbying requires numbers – other groups are not necessarily going to support our efforts.

Your subscription and any help matters.

Note: To read about the specific problems with the bills listed, please visit the MA Legislation page.  ~ One more problem with bad bills proceeding: making corrections is a worrisome, time-consuming process.