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|Open letter to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)|
|Spain||Created: 26 Oct 2016|
The EU Ombudsman recognizes for the first time a conflict of interest with telecommunication companies in a European consultative institution aiming to avoid prevention and comprehensive recognition of electrohypersensitivity (EHS).
The more than 40 undersigned EU platforms and associations defending the EHS people's rights of electrohypersensitive people (EHS) and fighting against electromagnetic pollution, welcome the fact that the EU Ombudsman (1) recognizes and seeks to remedy the conflicts of interest and the irregularities permitted by the European Economic and Social committee (EESC). This mismanagement has prevented the vote and the approval of the provided Opinion on electromagnetic hypersensitivity to electromagnetic fields exposure in the plenary session on 21 January 2015. After Emily O’Reilly’s recommendation, we consider null and void the negationist counter-opinion approved instead.
The non-voted Opinion in the EESC plenary
The EESC's Section for Transports, Energy, Infrastructures and Society of Information (TEN) adopted a previous Opinion on 7 January 2015 (2) after a laborious process (6 months of consultations and discussions, including a public hearing (3)) led by one of its members, Bernardo Hernández Bataller (General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Communication Users). That opinion, which followed the line of caution initiated by other European institutions (4) and health agencies of several Union countries, warned of the potential danger of electromagnetic radiation and recognized electrosensitivity together with the rights of the people who are suffering it:
- It calls for the precautionary principle, aiming to minimize the risks of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) in general and their social costs, by reducing exposure levels considering non-thermal biological effects (not covered by the current limits).
- It claims for a comprehensive recognition (health, labour and social) of electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome in relation to EMF, including enabling "white areas" (places free of radiation).
- It recommends minimizing the risks linked to the exposure to artificial electromagnetic radiation by implementing specific protection measures for the most vulnerable groups, such as giving priority to the wired internet connection instead of Wi-Fi in education.
We consider that the original TEN Opinion achieved a commendable balance between the rights at issue: the right to health protection of the general population (with emphasis on the most vulnerable sectors), the lost Fundamental Human Rights of EHS people. On the other side, reflecting on other issues like the users freedom of communication, and free enterprise in the industry concerned.
EESC’s maladministration and the lobbies’ acting in the voting process
At the EESC plenary session of 21 January 2015 it was narrowly approved a complete amendment (5) irregularly presented (just a day before the vote), by the negationist Richard Adams. Adams was a British member of the group III (which represents social organizations at the EESC) within the category "consumers and the environment". He presented the “counter-opinion” in his capacity as "consultant on ethical, social and environmental issues" hiding his obvious conflict of interest (6) to the EESC. The English charity that he ran was participating in projects funded by a conglomerate of industries of electricity and telephony (eg Vodafone), while advising one of the five more important power and gas companies in Europe, involved in smart grids and smart meters using radio frequencies for data transmission.
The European Ombudsman recognizes maladministration in the EESC
The UE Ombudsman recommendation of 19 September 2016 (1), nine months after the complaint of the signatory organizations, recognizes maladministration in the EESC:
- Because: "providing members with only one day, or even less time, to examine not just one or more proposed amendments, but a counter-opinion that goes against an opinion already discussed and agreed at section level, carries the inherent risk that the members may not always have sufficient time to look at all the relevant information
-Because: by allowing an undeclared conflict of interest affecting the "transparency" of the process, it undermines “the EESC's legitimacy, as a body representing diverse interests in EU society, would be undermined the legitimacy of the EESC as a body representing various interests of the society of the Union".
-Because: by allowing the vote of a counter-opinion “unwilling to take any action or assume any responsibility as regards this matter” when it should “ensure that the different interests of its members are public and widely known". "The Ombudsman thus considers that the EESC's position in this case fell short of the obligation to have in place measures that ensure, in all cases, that the work of its members and of its sections is actually carried out openly and transparently”.
The Social Organizations’ request to the EESC to act accordingly
Although, contradictorily, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, does not provide for the annulment of the counter-opinion, the undersigning European citizens' organizations declare that the irregularly presented and voted “counter-opinion” is not our Opinion, being sufficiently evidenced the lack of guarantees and transparency required in the process.
For this reason, we request the Economic and Social Committee:
- The urgent start of the relevant work for a new Opinion on electromagnetic hypersensitivity with the cooperation and participation of independent physicians, scientists and European social organizations, including European associations defending EHS people's rights to ensure the voice of people suffering with electrosensitivity can be heard.
- The resignation of Mr Richard Adams (7) as external delegate (Category III - "Various Interests") of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) of the EESC, given his totally "inappropriate" attitude and lack of transparency within the EESC and the existence of a "conflict of interest" according to the EU Ombudsman opinion.
25 October 2016
Press contacts in [name of the country]:
- On behalf of the more than 40 signatory EU platforms and associations of the "Open letter to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)”
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|Source: PECCEM, via John Weigels newsletter, 25 Oct 2016|
|High-Court sides with EHS Telecom Engineer in disability case|
|Spain||Created: 2 Aug 2016|
[From google-translate]: A telecommunications engineer who worked at Ericsson and suffers electrohypersensitivty, a neurological syndrome that is triggered when exposed to computers, wifis, mobile phones and spaces in general with high electrical and electromagnetic activity, has gained the recognition from ​​the High Court of Madrid that he can not continue to exercise his profession without becoming ill and therefore is entitled to a disability benefit. The National Institute of Social Security (INSS) denied him two years ago, citing the difficulty in proving the existence of this syndrome.
"This is the first time we have achieved total disability due exclusively to this syndrome," says attorney Jaume CortÃ©s, the Col-lectiu Ronda. The INSS considered it impossible to determine the resulting functional limitations of this syndrome, electrosensitivity, based on reports from the World Health Organization on "the heterogeneity and vagueness of its symptoms."
"Using a mobile phone caused me tinnitus and headache in less than a minute. But besides that, the ear flushed from mobile exposure, I could barely sleep, I turned aggressive and to even cause accidents, was sunk and my brain function was getting slower. I came to forget the name of lifelong friends. All this together increased depression, anxiety..." explains Ricardo de Francisco, telecommunications engineer 47 for whom all wireless exposure leads to large and increasingly diverse suffering. At first he thought it was a mental health problem, but experts dismissed it. "But my thyroid was normal as was a month without work, and so did other parts of my body."
In Ericsson -after a period of declines in this syndrome is not recognized, "it does not exist, my doctor told me at the medical service" - ran out precisely by laying off electrosensitivity. There was no place free from exposure in the company or data communications tasks that could reduce the risk of liability of the company's health.
He turned to the unemployment and inability office and asked: "Where I can go to work where there are no [wireless] routers?". They first denied the application which has now been achieved through the courts. I can not work. Nor can I use public transportation, among other reasons, because awareness is expanding to chemicals. "Study people they can move, but has given them to put wifi in the streets."
She lives in Madrid and down the street looking antennas. At home a landline and a mobile GSM, with far fewer megahertz than [smart]phones that do everything. "It's not easy to find that information. In stores they get confused when you ask them about the SAR". Your phone uses a lower frequency and takes you off all possible wireless connections. Use with earpiece because they reduce exposure and you may further reduce the effect with some extension cords that use air tubes, "but it is hard to find."
In the case of Madrid teleco, the key favorable judgment has been to have a report of public health, on this occasion, a scholar internist hospital theme of Guadalajara. "It is the history of all these diseases, they don't exist until those affected claim and a judge recognizes and it become news, "says attorney Col-lectiu Ronda. It happened with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue - "today we have about 300 disabilities recognized by this cause" - with multiple chemical sensitivity, "some 50 won". Now it's up to electrosensitivity.
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|Source: LavanGuardia, Ana Macpherson, 02 Aug 2016|
|City of Tarragona adopts Rescue Plan for people with EHS/ME/CFS/MCS/FM|
|Spain||Created: 10 Feb 2016|
RESCUE PLAN FOR PEOPLE WITH CENTRAL SENSITIVITY SYNDROMES: THE CITY OF TARRAGONA (CATALONIA, SPAIN) IS THE FIRST MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT THAT IMPLEMENTS IT!.
Liga SFC/SSC, Nov. 30, 2015
Sometimes we have good news.
Like some of you might know, most people with Central Sensitivity Syndromes (CSS) which include Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), Fibromyalgia (FM) and Electrohypersensitivity (EHS), in Catalonia, have lost, in the past few years, their already limited access to their specialists in the public health care system. And also many are seeing their pensions and being taken away. This is leaving these 250.000 ill people in a situation of social exclusion.
The new plan (July 1st, 2015) that the Catalan Government has developed for people with CSS consists of leaving them parked in Primary Health Care (where doctors are not trained on these pathologies) and recommends as treatment Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and exercise. None of this helps (and can be harmful) to people with CSS who need relevant medical care and social and economic help.
For this reason, a few months ago, our association, the Liga SFC/SSC, began conversations with various Catalan municipal governments, because the situation of these 250.000 Catalans is so extreme that a Rescue Plan is needed.
The first municipal government that has stepped forward to implement this plan, is the City of Tarragona Municipal Government (Tarragona is a major city 100 kilometres south of Barcelona). In ghe plenary session held last November 30th, the “Institutional Declaration of support for people with Central Sensitivity Syndromes” was approved, which consists of a concrete programme of measures. This is a historical step.
In the past, many municipal governments in Catalonia have voted motions of “support and solidarity” with people with CSS. But they were not concrete plans with any helpful measures. We do not need words. We need action.
So we are very happy that all the political parties in the Tarragona City Government have voted this Plan which will come into action on July 1st, 2016. It is an important moment for people living with CSS.
We would like to thank our collaborator of the Liga SFC/SSC, Jordi Gene from Tarragona, for all the great work he has done of dialoguing with all the political parties. We would also like to thank all the Tarragona city counsellors of all the parties for their collaboration and for understanding that the urgent situation that are living people with CSS in Catalonia is not a party issue, but a human issue.
We encourage other municipal governments in Catalonia and Spain to implement this type of plan.
Below you can read the text that has been voted in Tarragona.
(For any comment, please write to LigaSSCSom250000@yahoo.es as this web does not allow comments for technical reasons. Also please write to us if in your city you are trying to implement a Rescue Plan for people living with CSS or ME).
TARRAGONA (CATALONIA, SPAIN) CITY GOVERNMENT
MOTION PRESENTED FOR THE MUNICIPAL GROUP ERC-MES-MDC IN SUPPORT OF PEOPLE WITH CENTRAL SENSITIVITY SYNDROMES
Fibromyalgia (FM), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) and Electrohypersensitivity (EHS) are organic illnesses under the category of Central Sensitivity Syndromes (CSS). According to legal experts specialized in these illnesses, the 3.5% of the Catalan population that live with CSS, about 250,000 people, are the group of patients most excluded from health care in Catalonia. Using that prevalence, in the City of Tarragona there are about 4,600 people who are affected. Normally these patients become ill between the ages of 20 and 30, but also during childhood and adolescence.
These organic illnesses have serious consequences on the physical and cognitive capacities of those who have them. They can be very disabling and exclude them at all levels, limiting in a serous manner the lives of those affected and their families (a the personal level, socially, family dynamics, work…), especially those with MCS and/or EHS, who have to live isolated.
These patients and their families, all of the citizens, adults and children, live in social exclusion and economic difficulties. 80% of them are too sick to be able to carry out minimal activities of daily living and are not able to work. Not only they cannot work, but also they see how their pensions and other economic help is denied to them systematically. The economic help to which they have a right to have to be able to survive.
All this puts them in a dangerous social exclusion: precariousness, abandonment, food insecurity, eviction from their home, which only make their situation worse.
Only about 5% of people with CSS get better and the rest have a bad prognosis. Right now, 21 years after these illnesses have begun to be known in Catalonia, those sick with CSS find themselves in the worst situation of precariousness and sanitary and social exclusion.
For all of the explained above, it is proposed that the City Council of this Municipality adopt the following AGREEMENTS:
FIRST. Create and develop a specific support programme for people with CSS and their families in the City of Tarragona, in which the representatives of those affected have to be involved and which will include:
Carry out (with a yearly update) a diagnosis and census of those affected by CSS in the City of Tarragona, showing what is the actual situation and the specific needs of these patients and their families.
An intervention protocol for the staff of the Area of Services to Citizens of the Tarragona City Government to look after those with CSS- including a list of economic subsidies for food, first necessity elements, reduced water bill, and home help specific to the needs of these patients.
Housing protocol for people with CSS, especially those who have MCS and/or EHS, those threatened by eviction or those who are forced to leave their home. This protocol has to include a series of safe social housing (green/white spaces: free of xenobiotics and electromagnetic waves).
Create green/white spaces in all municipal buildings (free of xenobiotics and electromagnetic waves).
Eliminate, as much as possible, the use of pesticides in the whole of the municipality. In the case when this is not possible, establish a communication protocol to contact those affected and the press regarding the places and dates of the interventions with preventive advice.
Training for social workers and educators about CSS, its social, health and economic reality. Elaboration of information and education to increase the knowledge about these illnesses amongst the general population and of the city workers in particular, with the objective of diminishing the stigma that is now present regarding these illnesses.
Protocol for adapting working conditions of the municipal workers who have CSS with specific measures of support when having a flare up. These would be the measures: work schedule flexibility, encourage work from home through internet (teleworking), reserved parking spaces and include in the collective agreement not deduct the salary of the first 20 days of sick leave.
SECOND. Establish that this programme and the actions that it entails have to be ready by June 30, 2016. This programme will be revised and updated annually by the staff of the Municipal Social Services Institute and the representatives of those affected.
THIRD. Communicate by writing to all associations that represent those with CSS, the implementation of this program, the bilateral communication channels to be used and how the execution of this programme will take place and the implication of those affected.
FOURTH. Urge the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat) and the Government of Spain to adopt a program of specific support and help for those people with CSS: 250,000 in Catalonia and 1,700.000 in Spain.
FIFTH. Urge the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Government of Spain to enable people with CSS to have access to real and relevant existing public health care and social services. And to elaborate information and education campaigns to help the population to know about these illnesses, and especially public workers in order to eliminate the stigma that now goes along with these illnesses.
SIXTH. Urge the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Government of Spain to recognize the work disabilities that people with CSS have and to give the benefits that are relevant in each case.
SEVENTH. Communicate this agreement and plan along with the solidarity of the Tarragona City Government to those with CSS and their associations.
EIGHTH. Communicate this agreement and plan to the Generalitat of Catalonia and to the Government of Spain.
Tarragona, November 30, 2015.
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|Source: PARS, 29 Nov 2015|
|Conflicts of Interest within ICNIRP: report|
|Spain||Created: 11 Jul 2015|
SUMMARY: This paper has been prepared in order to demonstrate the existence of numerous conflicts of interest among the members of the international organization ICNIRP (International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection.
In Castilian, the International Commission for Non-ionizing radiation), that despite its private nature, is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as reference entity to set limits of exposure for people of non-ionizing radiation in order to prevent such radiation affect your health.
The fact that the members of the organization engage in various conflicts of interest, being related to companies interested in the development of telecommunications and new technologies, undermines the impartiality that should govern the regulation of limits on non-ionizing radiation people.
It’s incomprehensible that an international organization such as WHO, which has numerous and qualified public resources to establish adequately these limits, has delegated to a private organization issues affecting public health of all humanity.
The information contained in the work presented below was obtained from searches of reliable publicly available sources on the Internet, which can be checked by anyone who has an interest in this topic.
It would be very interesting by any natural or legal person interested in this topic assumes as its own this report (AVAATE authorized fully to do so) and send it to the authorities of the United Nations, of the International Labor Organization and of the World Health Organization of the Health.
Download the report from the source link below (scroll down for English version)...
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|Source: AVAATE, 11 Jul 2015|
|Children susceptible to Wi-fi radiation|
|Spain||Created: 29 Jan 2015|
A CONTROVERSIAL study has called for parents to try and limit their offsprings’ exposure to Wi-fi over fears it could harm their health.
The report, published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultra-structure, claims children absorb more radiation from a source than adults.
It warns foetuses are the most vulnerable of all, and researchers say mothers should not carry mobile phones in their clothing. A paediatric neurologist said that pregnant women deserve to know that wireless radiation can have an impact on the developing brain: “We’re seeing alarming increases in the number of children diagnosed with neuro-logical disorders over the past decade, and anything we can do that might help reduce that rate should be taken very seriously.”
Wi-fi signals use low intensity radio waves, similar in wavelength to domestic microwave radiation. The type of radiation emitted by radio waves (Wi-fi), visible light, microwaves and mobile phones has been shown to raise the temperature of tissue at very high levels of exposure and researchers are divided as to whether this daily radiation can cause damage.
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|Source: EuroWeeklyNews, 28 Jan 2015|
|New documentary: An Invisible Threat (UNA AMENAZA INVISIBLE)|
|Spain||Created: 24 Nov 2014|
Un film sobre el conflicto de intereses entre los diferentes agentes que actúan en relación a la tecnología de microondas, y sobre la indefensión ante los efectos que causa esta radiación en el cuerpo humano. Mona Nilsson, periodista independiente sueca que lleva estudiando esta problemática desde 2002, guía esta investigación en la que entran en juego la industria de telecomunicaciones, las instituciones oficiales y los estudios científicos realizados. Paralelamente, vemos el día a día de Minerva Palomar, afectada con el síndrome de electrohipersensibilidad y los obstáculos que debe salvar para tener una vida normal.
Watch the trailer via the source link below:
Dirección: Pablo Coca
Guion: Pablo Coca, Carlos Crespo Arnold, Antonio Gallardo
Cinematography: Fran Fernández
Editing: Carlos Crespo Arnold
Sound: Carlos Crespo Arnold, José Tomé
Production: Paz Cadaval
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|Source: Festival Cine Sevilla, 24 Nov 2014|
|The Parliament of Navarra urged to remove the WIFI in schools as a precaution (Google translation)|
|Spain||Created: 3 Nov 2014|
The Parliament of Navarra urged to remove the WIFI in schools as a precaution
The Parliament of Navarre: Advocates apply the precautionary principle in relation to exposure limits to electromagnetic fields whose boundaries have become "obsolete".
The Committee on Rural Development, Environment and Local Government today approved with votes in favor of Socialists of Navarra, BILDU, Aralar-NaBai, PPN and Left-Ezkerra UPN and abstention, a resolution by the Parliament of Navarra "adheres to Resolution 1815 of May 27, 2011, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe", which argues for applying the precautionary principle with regard to the limits of exposure to electromagnetic fields, even more when scientific evaluation does not allow determining risk with sufficient certainty.
The adopted resolution includes a second point at which, in turn, calls the Provincial Executive to "implement the recommendations of the resolution."
Similarly, and in a third section, the Spanish Government is summoned to "pick up and implement the recommendations of Resolution 1815 in the development of telecommunications legislation." In this section, SN and PPN have joined UPN abstaining. BILDU, Aralar-NaBai Left-Ezkerra have maintained their affirmative vote.
In the preamble, the resolution driven by GP-NaBai Aralar BILDU and alludes to the debate generated around the conditions that produce electromagnetic fields "on the environment and health," and notes that "concern has increased "Due to the proliferation of high emissions (telecommunications infrastructure) and low frequency, the limits," Obsolete (have not been revised since 1999) do not take into account the most vulnerable citizens, for pregnant women, newborns / girls and boys / as ".
In this regard, proponents refer to the advice discharges by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe resolution 1815 of 2011, a document which recommended "review the scientific basis for the standards of exposure to electromagnetic fields" and " set thresholds for levels of preventive long-term exposure in all indoor areas not exceeding 0.6 volts per meter ".
The session, chaired by Begoña Sanzberro (GP UPN), attended by the GP UPN, Jerome Gomez, Antonio Perez Prados, José A. Rapún Javier Lorente, and Jesus Esparza; by GP SN, Carmen Ochoa, Samuel Caro and Pedro Rascon; by GP BILDU Victor Rubio and Barea Bikendi; by GP-NaBai Aralar, Txentxo Jimenez and Xabi Lasa; by GP PPN, Eva Gorri; and the GP IE, Marisa Simon.
The Resolution of the Council of Europe states, inter alia:
- Give preference to children in general and especially in schools and classrooms, systems access internet via cable connection (avoiding wireless WiFi) and strictly regulate the use of mobile students on campus "
- Take "all reasonable steps" to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields, including radio frequencies emitted by mobile phones, "and particularly the exposure to children and young people, for whom the risk of tumors of the head seems more".
- Establish information campaigns and awareness of the risks of potentially harmful long-term biological effects on the environment and human health, especially "children and young people of reproductive age."
- It is recommended that: "the use of wired telephones in households or, failing that, models which do not permanently emit pulsed waves."
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Source: Third Information, October 7, 2014
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|Source: Source: Tercera Información, 07 Oct 2014|
|El Parlamento de Navarra insta a quitar el WIFI en las escuelas por precaución|
|Spain||Created: 2 Nov 2014|
El Parlamento de Navarra: Aboga por aplicar el principio de precaución en relación a los límites de exposición a los campos electromagnéticos, cuyos límites se han quedado "obsoletos".
La Comisión de Desarrollo Rural, Medio Ambiente y Administración Local ha aprobado hoy, con los votos a favor de Socialistas de Navarra, Bildu, Aralar-Nabai, PPN e Izquierda-Ezkerra y la abstención de UPN, una resolución por la que el Parlamento de Navarra “se adhiere a la Resolución 1815, de 27 de mayo de 2011, de la Asamblea Parlamentaria del Consejo de Europa”, donde se aboga por aplicar el principio de precaución en lo tocante a los límites de exposición a los campos electromagnéticos, más aún cuando la evaluación científica no permita determinar el riesgo con suficiente certeza.
La resolución aprobada incluye un segundo punto en el que, a su vez, se insta al Ejecutivo Foral a “aplicar las recomendaciones de la citada resolución”.
Del mismo modo, ya en un tercer apartado, se emplaza al Gobierno del Estado español a que “recoja y aplique las recomendaciones de la Resolución 1815 en el desarrollo de la legislación de telecomunicaciones”. En este epígrafe, SN y PPN se han unido a la abstención de UPN. Bildu, Aralar-Nabai e Izquierda-Ezkerra han mantenido su voto afirmativo.
En la exposición de motivos, la resolución impulsada por los G.P. Bildu y Aralar-Nabai alude al debate generado en torno a las afecciones que producen los campos electromagnéticos “en el medio ambiente y la salud” y constata que “la preocupación ha ido en aumento” debido a la proliferación de emisiones de alta (infraestructuras de telecomunicaciones) y baja frecuencia, cuyos límites, “obsoletos (no se han revisado desde 1999), no tienen en cuenta a los colectivos más sensibles, caso de mujeres embarazadas, recién nacidos/as y niños/as”.
A ese respecto, los proponentes se remiten a los consejos vertidos por la Asamblea Parlamentaria del Consejo de Europa en la resolución 1815 de 2011, documento en el que se recomienda “revisar la base científica de las normas de exposición a los campos electromagnéticos” y “establecer umbrales de prevención para niveles de exposición a largo plazo en todas las zonas de interior no superiores a 0,6 voltios por metro”.
A la sesión, presidida por Begoña Sanzberro (G.P. UPN), han asistido, por el G.P. UPN, Jerónimo Gómez, Antonio Pérez Prados, José A. Rapún, Javier Lorente, y Jesús Esparza; por el G.P. SN, Carmen Ochoa, Samuel Caro y Pedro Rascón; por el G.P. Bildu, Víctor Rubio y Bikendi Barea; por el G.P. Aralar-Nabai, Txentxo Jiménez y Xabi Lasa; por el G.P. PPN, Eva Gorri; y por el G.P. I-E, Marisa de Simón.
La Resolución del Consejo de Europa indica, entre otras cosas:
- Dar preferencia, para los niños en general y especialmente en las escuelas y en las aulas, a los sistemas de acceso a internet a través de conexión por cable (evitando a conexión inalámbrica WiFi) y regular estrictamente el uso de los teléfonos de los estudiantes en el recinto escolar"
- Adoptar "todas las medidas razonables" para reducir la exposición a campos electromagnéticos, incluyendo las radiofrecuencias que emiten los teléfonos móviles, “y en particular la exposición de los niños y jóvenes, para quienes el riesgo de tumores de la cabeza parece mayor".
- Establecer campañas de información y concienciación sobre los riesgos de los efectos biológicos potencialmente nocivos a largo plazo al medio ambiente y a la salud humana, especialmente "a los niños, adolescentes y jóvenes en edad reproductiva".
- Se recomienda: "el uso de teléfonos con cable en los hogares o, en su defecto, modelos que no emitan permanentemente ondas pulsadas."
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|Source: Tercera Información, 07 Oct 2014|
|Aircraft navigation and comms can be hijacked via the on-board Wi-Fi, hacker claims|
|Spain||Created: 7 Aug 2014|
(Reuters) - Cyber security researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their WiFi and inflight entertainment systems - a claim that, if confirmed, could prompt a review of aircraft security.
Santamarta, a consultant with cyber security firm IOActive, is scheduled to lay out the technical details of his research at this week's Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas, an annual convention where thousands of hackers and security experts meet to discuss emerging cyber threats and improve security measures.
His presentation on Thursday on vulnerabilities in satellite communications systems used in aerospace and other industries is expected to be one of the most widely watched at the conference.
"These devices are wide open. The goal of this talk is to help change that situation," Santamarta, 32, told Reuters.
The researcher said he discovered the vulnerabilities by "reverse engineering" - or decoding - highly specialized software known as firmware, used to operate communications equipment made by Cobham Plc, Harris Corp, EchoStar Corp's Hughes Network Systems, Iridium Communications Inc and Japan Radio Co Ltd.
In theory, a hacker could use a plane's onboard WiFi signal or inflight entertainment system to hack into its avionics equipment, potentially disrupting or modifying satellite communications, which could interfere with the aircraft's navigation and safety systems, Santamarta said.
He acknowledged that his hacks have only been tested in controlled environments, such as IOActive's Madrid laboratory, and they might be difficult to replicate in the real world. Santamarta said he decided to go public to encourage manufacturers to fix what he saw as risky security flaws.
Representatives for Cobham, Harris, Hughes and Iridium said they had reviewed Santamarta's research and confirmed some of his findings, but downplayed the risks.
For instance, Cobham, whose Aviation 700 aircraft satellite communications equipment was the focus of Santamarta's research, said it is not possible for hackers to use WiFi signals to interfere with critical systems that rely on satellite communications for navigation and safety. The hackers must have physical access to Cobham's equipment, according to Cobham spokesman Greg Caires.
"In the aviation and maritime markets we serve, there are strict requirements restricting such access to authorized personnel only," said Caires.
A Japan Radio Co spokesman declined to comment, saying information on such vulnerabilities was not public.
Black Hat, which was founded in 1997, has often been a venue for hackers to present breakthrough research. In 2009, Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner demonstrated a method for attacking iPhones with malicious text messages, prompting Apple Inc to release a patch.
In 2011, Jay Radcliffe demonstrated methods for attacking Medtronic Inc's insulin pumps, which helped prompt an industry review of security.
Santamarta published a 25-page research report in April that detailed what he said were multiple bugs in firmware used in satellite communications equipment made by Cobham, Harris, Hughes, Iridium and Japan Radio Co for a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, military, maritime transportation, energy and communications.
The report laid out scenarios by which hackers could launch attacks, though it did not provide the level of technical details that Santamarta said he will disclose at Black Hat.
Harris spokesman Jim Burke said the company had reviewed Santamarta's paper. "We concluded that the risk of compromise is very small," he said.
Iridium spokesman Diane Hockenberry said, "We have determined that the risk to Iridium subscribers is minimal, but we are taking precautionary measures to safeguard our users."
One vulnerability that Santamarta said he found in equipment from all five manufacturers was the use of "hardcoded" log-in credentials, which are designed to let service technicians access any piece of equipment with the same login and password.
The problem is that hackers can retrieve those passwords by hacking into the firmware, then use the credentials to access sensitive systems, Santamarta said.
Hughes spokeswoman Judy Blake said hardcoded credentials were "a necessary" feature for customer service. The worst a hacker could do is to disable the communication link, she said.
Santamarta said he will respond to the comments from manufacturers during his presentation, then take questions during an open Q&A session after his talk.
Vincenzo Iozzo, a member of Black Hat's review board, said Santamarta's paper marked the first time a researcher had identified potentially devastating vulnerabilities in satellite communications equipment.
"I am not sure we can actually launch an attack from the passenger inflight entertainment system into the cockpit," he said. "The core point is the type of vulnerabilities he discovered are pretty scary just because they involve very basic security things that vendors should already be aware of."
(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Additional reporting by Andrea Shalal in Washington and Teppei Kasai in Tokyo; Editing by Richard Valdmanis and Tiffany Wu)
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|Source: Reuters, Jim Finkle, 04 Aug 2014|
|Neuroscientist Exposes Dangers of Electromagnetic Fields|
|Spain||Created: 16 Apr 2014|
Neuroscience has come under scrutiny for its involvement in an array of mind control initiatives and other ethically questionable research. But at least one neuroscientist from Sweden has gone on record to caution against the increasing dangers of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) on human beings and other living organisms, as you will see in the presentation below.
Our modern world is creating an electromagnetic soup filled with electrical pulses, radio frequencies, computer screens, wireless signals, as well as personal devices such as cell phones and gadgets that are emitting damaging radiation. There are many peer-reviewed scientific studies which are drawing conclusions that should concern us all, but particularly young children and pregnant women. In fact, the debate is heating up to such a level that government agencies are even infighting over the matter, as evidenced when the Department of the Interior recently sent a letter with their own scientific papers chastising the FCC for using standards that are 30 years out of date. As the DOI stated, the concern is not only in the negative health effects upon people, but upon wildlife as well.
Please listen to Professor Olle Johansson, PhD as he offers a comprehensive view of the many issues surrounding EMFs, including an industry-wide attempt by telecom to cover up the negative consequences. His information is echoed by the recent reversal of a ruling in Maine which had everything to do with industry pressure and influence. Professor Johansson also addresses what we can do to protect ourselves and our environment from the impact of EMFs.
Dr. Johansson is Associate Professor in the Neuroscience department of the world-renowned Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. This presentation was filmed at a technical seminar on the Environment and Health in Barcelona, Spain. It is a key presentation, as he is speaking to medical practitioners, not only to a lay audience. Nevertheless, it's a very straightforward and easily understood lecture.
Particularly troubling is his opening sequence which recounts the long history of known negative health effects.
He also asserts that all people are hypersensitive to EMFs and are being radiated in the classical way that we would think of as related to major events such as Fukushima. The health effects are long term - including DNA fragmentation - and also must be addressed as a cumulative threat.
At the very least, Professor Johansson asserts, EMFs very easily can be linked to a growing number of allergies, and he urges us to re-evaluate the rise in allergic conditions in tandem with the rise in the use of electronic devices.
Please share this information and help your friends and family make better informed decisions in a world of increased connectivity. Professor Johansson is no Luddite, but a concerned scientist who would like to see a full open debate based on the very troubling scientific health studies he cites.
This video can help to start a debate in your local community and government, before the lowest standards possible continue to be applied to human health and the environment. If you find yourself grappling with the apathy of others, I'd like to leave you with a quote:
When I die, I want the last thought to be I did my best; not I could have done better. - Professor Olle Johansson
Links relevant to Prof. Olle Johansens speach:
The conference in Barcelona:
The Bioinitiative report
The European Reflex Study
The Seleton Resolution 2009
Please join in a debate in Forum: http://www.mast-victims.org/forum/index.php?action=vthread&forum=3&topic=5730
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|Source: Prof. Olle Johansen/Agnes Ingvarsdottir|
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