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Italian lawmakers plan free Wi-Fi to bridge digital gap with Europe
Italy Created: 27 Oct 2014
(Reuters) - Italian lawmakers have put forward a proposal for free Wi-Fi in thousands of public places to bridge a gap with other European countries in broadband penetration, e-government and other digital services that is dragging on the economy.

Under the plan, large shops, taxis, airports, law courts and other public places would have to set up an Internet connection and offer no-password wireless access free.

"We are really badly placed when it comes to Internet access," Sergio Boccadutri, a member of the ruling Democratic Party and sponsor of the proposal, said.

"Free Wi-Fi would have a big cultural impact and help the economy recover, starting from industries such as tourism."

The proposal, filed this week, has the support of more than 100 members of parliament and would earmark 5 million euros ($6.3 million) over three years as a contribution to buying equipment. The proposers aim to bring the bill before parliament by mid-2015.

According to a report this month by Milan's Politecnico university, high prices and the lack of access infrastructure are the main barriers to households using the Internet.

Data in the study showed penetration of broadband services with a speed exceeding 30 Megabits per second in Italy is lower than 1 percent, well below the European average of 6 percent.
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Source: Reuters, Danilo Masoni; Editing by Louise Ireland, 25 Oct 2014

Lawsuit to force the Italian Government to launch an information campaign about risks and precautions for Citizens
Italy Created: 3 Apr 2014
Padua-Turin, March 20, 2014 - The A P P L E Association and Mr Marcolini have launched today a lawsuit, unprecedented in our country: asking the Lazio Regional Administrative Court to order to the Ministry of Health and the Government to immediately conduct a public a public information campaign on the risk of developing tumors by mobile phones’ use and how to eliminate or reduce exposure.

A.P.P.L.E. (Association for the Prevention and Fight against Electrosmog) is based in Padua and has been involved for years in the dissemination of scientific studies on the possible health hazards from electromagnetic fields. Mr. Marcolini is a business executive from Brescia who won in 2012 a lawsuit in the Supreme Court against the INAIL, Workers Compensation Authority (Judgment no.
17438 of 12 October 2012): it was getting established causal link between cell phone’s use and the tumour that had struck him in the head.

Prof. Angelo Levis, vice president of Apple, formerly Professor of Environmental Mutagenesis at the University of Padua, was one of the experts consultants of Mr. Marcolini. The judgment Marcolini is the first and only in the world for the moment which established the relationship of cause and effect, and the first to have clearly identified the conflict of interest of many scientists who denied
the damage and which were funded by manufacturers and mobile operators.

For Arch. Laura Masiero, President of APPLE, " legal recourse was inevitable because the Ministry of Health has received several intimations, even by our Association, but other than a laughable little page on the website, has refused to provide, despite international authorities have repeatedly invited to information. "

Mobile phones are technological devices that emit high frequency electromagnetic waves, and every day more than 40 million Italians use it.

The United Nations, on May 31st 2011, following the results of specific studies by IARC (International Agency Research of Cancer) under aegis of WHO (World Health Organisation), classified radiofrequency radiation by mobile phones as possible carcinogenic agent (2B). for man, based on evidence from epidemiological studies. The incidence of risk of acoustic neuroma in the side of the head where you use the phone becames more than doubles in those who have had an exposure for 10 years and 16/32 minutes/day
On 31 May 2011, the WHO has issued an official recommendation to the adoption of protective measures to keep the phone away from the head: "... like, for example, use headphones or texting."

"Despite these warnings of international institutional source, and invitations to inform the population, Italy has done nothing of what was the bare minimum. And to say that nothing in our country is the most widespread of mobile phones but air and water, "still makes note Masiero.

Mr. Marcolini says "as to the cause INAIL won in the Supreme Court, in this judgment I want to give my contribution because it is known that there is a link between the disease that I suffer and the use of cellular and cordless phones. I wanted then and want now more than ever, that this problem will become public domain because many people still do not know the risk they run long
talking on a cell phone without using the headset or keeping it tucked in his pants pocket”

The appeal to the TAR was notified today to the following Ministries: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Education, University and Research.

The lawsuit was prepared by lawyers Renato Ambrosio, Stefano Bertone and Chiara Ghibaudo of Ambrosio & Commodo Law Firm of Turin, for years involved in several court battles for the protection of injured persons, such as victims of infected blood.
Lawyer Stefano Bertone said that "state and regional public authorities of different nations of the world for years cautioned the public of the risks of developing neoplastic diseases through the use of the phone. They did so for example, France, Russia, the City of San Francisco, and so on. But in Italy, up to now, the action of information and warning has been carried out instead by the
Administration, which has a legal obligation to do so, by private associations such as A.P.P.L.E., by individuals, by doctors and journalists, I think for example that RAI3 TV with the program "Report" spoke very clearly in 2011. "

The plaintiffs claim that Lazio Regional Administrative Court applies the Precautionary Principle (Article 191 Treaty on European Union), also in the absence of certainty about definitive causal link, orders being urgency to the Government to make an information as a precautionary measure in the interest of the national community to prevent the occurrence of an event of catastrophic
proportions, potentially to the detriment of public Health. Lawyers’ opinion is that information campaign will be carried out also in the absence of definitive certainties "with forty million users in Italy exposed every day to electromagnetic waves of mobile
phones - say lawyers - it is not acceptable to wait. Because the problem is not making the prevention campaign and then maybe find out that the risks were not real, but the opposite: does not do it and then find out that the risks are real and that for every hour of conversation on the phone millions of men women and children have been and are exposed to an increased risk of developing tumors in the head. The case of Mr. Marcolini confirms that such cases exist. "

"It 's required an entirely new perspective - continued Lawyer Renato Ambrosio - just remember that in the past in at least three cases of mass planetary disaster (asbestos, cigarette smoking, blood products), there were those who gave the alarm, calling for caution, with years ahead of policy decisions, and was accused of scaremongering by the various industry stakeholders. If he
had been heard to time, the proportions of the damage on the population would be greatly minors."

A.P.P.L.E. Association and Mr. Marcolini ask the Administrative Court to order the Government as well as to realize the information campaign prevention of risks, specific requirements as to forbid forms of mobile advertising 'unlimited', the establishment of guidelines on the use of mobile phones to discourage all use for children under 16 years, the requirement of warnings on the
outside of the packaging of new products on the possible carcinogenic risks and the need to use a precautionary measures to reduce exposure, starting with the option of no-use, as well as case for the packaging of tobacco products.

The hearing date will be announced in the coming weeks.

35141, PADOVA, Via Mentana, 23 c/o Levis –
Arch. Laura Masiero, Prof. Levis, A.P.P.L.E.
Mr. Innocente Marcolini:
Avv. Stefano Bertone, Ambrosio & Commodo:
Tel +39011.545054
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Source: A.P.P.L.E, 20 Mar 2014

Health ministry challenged over cancer risks of cell phones
Italy Created: 30 Mar 2014
Turin, March 20 - An association has taken legal action against the Italian health ministry for not doing enough to inform the public about the health risks of using mobile phones, it emerged Thursday.

The Association for the Prevention and Fight Against Electrosmog filed a petition with the Lazio administrative tribunal on the basis of International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) findings that 1,640 hours of cell phone use - the average over a 10-year period - increases the risk of developing brain cancer by 40%.

The aim of the legal action is not to demonise cellphones, but rather to promote their correct use by forcing the ministry to launch a serious information campaign, lawyers acting for the association explained.

The move is supported by Innocente Marcolini, a former company manager, who in 2012 won a Supreme Court battle to receive workers' compensation after developing a brain tumour due to prolonged cell phone use over a number of years. It was the first time that a high court in any country had ruled in favor of a link between mobile phone radiation and cancer. "Many people are not aware of the risk they run by talking on their cellphone without an earpiece or keeping it in their trouser pocket," said Marcolini.
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Source: Gazetta Del Sud, Condividi, 20 Mar 2014

Sicily revokes permission for US military satellite station on Health Grounds
Italy Created: 1 Apr 2013
Regional government makes decision after protests by residents worried that satellite ground station could cause cancer.

The Sicilian regional government has revoked permission for the US to build a military satellite station on the island, its governor said on Friday, after protests by residents who said it could pose a health risk.

The planned ground station was part of the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), an ultra high-frequency satellite network aimed at significantly boosting communications capacity for the US military and its allies. But residents around the town of Niscemi had feared that the electromagnetic waves could cause cancer.

The regional government of the semi-autonomous island last month delayed construction and called for an independent study into its health and environmental impact. The Italian government said this month the demonstrations risked compromising operations at Sigonella, a US naval base in Sicily.

"Through the relevant department, permission for the construction of MUOS has been definitively withdrawn," Sicilian governor Rosario Crocetta told reporters in the island's capital, Palermo. He did not say whether the decision to revoke permission for the site was related to the study.

His remarks came a day before a planned protest expected to draw several thousand in Niscemi, which local groups of the governor's own Democratic party were due to attend.

In a visit to Italy in January, then-US defence secretary Leon Panetta said he understood the concerns of residents but that US studies had concluded there would be no health risk. The US military did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.
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Source: Guardian / Reuters in Palermo, 29 Mar 2013

Italy Created: 12 Mar 2013
Dear Activists working on EMF, the research project presented by a group of independent scientists headed by Prof. Olle Johansson did not pass the first step of evaluation of the European Programme of Research FP7.
We would like to invite you to subscribe this letter attached to reject this denial and to protest against the absurde comments of the EU evaluators, such as that monitorizing the level of EMF exposure in EU cities would encourage an attitude of fear in the population.
Please read carefully the draft letter below send me an email to subscribe it.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Francesca Romana Orlando
Vice President of AMICA
Association for Environmental and
Chronic Toxic Injury

The letter:
To the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission

We are writing you regarding the letter to prof. Olle Johansson “Re: FP7 ENVIRONMENT 2013.6.4.2, 603806-1 - MEEE" that denies access to the second level of evaluation to the project “MECHANISMS AND EFFECTS OF EMF EXPOSURES (MEEE)” presented by the Karolinska Institutet.
We, as NGOs concerned about the health effects of EMFs, are very disappointed to know that this project was rejected by the evaluators and we find that justifications supporting such decision were neither scientifically nor politically correct.
The evaluators observed, in fact, that "... some references are missing that would provide a more balanced assessment of the current knowledge, e.g., as regards the stated increase of brain tumors in different countries...”.
We are perfectly aware that many studies on EMF health risks are designed not to find effects (for example using an incorrect classification of heavy and light users of mobile phones) and we find absolutely important that researched quote the studies in an analytic way. The MEEE researchers analyzed the scientific proves in depth, not accepting uncritically the conclusions of the studies, but evaluating the methods and the reliability of the data.
It seems that the evaluators investigated the list of reference in order to deduce the political orientation of the authors and this looks as "a priori"-discriminating.
We, as NGOs, find that in scientific evaluation it is vital to distinguish between industry funded studies and independent studies. We believe that industry funded studies should not be included in political evaluation of risk.
We are particularly astonished to know that one of the reasons for denial was that “…the rough estimates of local outdoor RF levels could even bear the risk of misleading personal decisions and unjustified fear". Just change the following sentence: We wonder how it can be possible that the evaluators judge the estimate of local outdoor RF as "rough" and how they can suggest that EU citizens should not be allowed to know the level of exposure they are forced to live in and with everyday in order not to fear them.
We believe that risk assessment for the general EU public had to be the real target of the FP7 Call project, while we find in this evaluation that it may be clearly the opposite!
Concluding, we believe that the MEEE project was presented by some of the most distinguished scientists working on EMF biological effects who are well known for being independent. Given past cases of doubtful choice of scientific experts by the EU Commission, we are legitimately asking you to know if the evaluators who decided this denial can show the same level of independence from industry interests as the MEEE researchers.

Kindest Regards,
Francesca Romana Orlando

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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Legal Breakthrough: Mobiles can give you a tumour, court rules
Italy Created: 19 Oct 2012
MOBILE phones CAN cause brain tumours, according to a landmark court ruling.

Italian businessman Innocente Marcolini, 60, fell ill after using a handset at work for up to six hours every day for 12 years.

Now Italy’s Supreme Court in Rome has blamed his phone. Experts have predicted a flood of legal actions from victims.

Stricken Mr Marcolini last night warned: “People must be told the risks.”

He was diagnosed with a brain tumour after complaining of head and chin pains.

And yesterday his country’s Supreme Court stated there was a “causal link” between his heavy phone use and the growth.

British scientists have claimed there is insufficient evidence to prove any link to mobiles.

But after the Rome court ruling, Mr Marcolini said: “This is significant for very many people. I wanted this problem to become public because many people still do not know the risks.

“I was on the phone, usually the mobile, for at least five or six hours every day at work. I wanted it recognised that there was a link between my illness and the use of mobile and cordless phones.

“Parents need to know their children are at risk of this illness.”

Respected oncologist and professor of environmental mutagenesis Angelo Gino Levis gave evidence for Mr Marcolini — along with neurosurgeon Dr Giuseppe Grasso.

They said electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile and cordless phones can damage cells, making tumours more likely. Prof Levis told The Sun: “The court decision is extremely important. It finally officially recognises the link.

“It’ll open not a road but a motorway to legal actions by victims. We’re considering a class action.

“Tumours due to radiation may not appear for 15 years, so three to five-year studies don’t find them.

“We’ll only realise in years to come the damage phones can cause children.” Mr Marcolini’s tumour was discovered in the trigeminal nerve — close to where the phone touched his head. It is benign but threatened to kill him as it spread to the carotid artery, the major vessel carrying blood to his brain.

His face was left paralysed and he takes daily morphine for pain.

Alasdair Philips of Powerwatch, which campaigns for more research on mobile use, said: “This is an interesting case and proves the need for more studies.

“People should limit mobile and cordless use until we know more.”

The World Health Organisation urged limits on mobile use last year, calling them a Class B carcinogen. But a spokesman for Britain’s Health Protection Agency said: “The scientific consensus is that mobile phones do not cause cancer.”

International radiation biology expert Michael Repacholi said: “Studies show no evidence of cancer. But if you are worried, use a headset, hands-free or loudspeaker.”

Media lawyer Mark Stephens said the verdict could “open the floodgates” — even though there is no direct obligation on British courts to follow the Italians’ lead.

He said: “It is possible people will begin legal action here, but I think the chances of success are less. I think they’ll join any class action in Italy.”

Jury out for 12yrs

MAY 2000: Government’s Stewart Report warns kids to avoid mobiles due to unknown effects of microwave radiation.

October 2005: British Journal of Cancer says no substantial risk of brain tumours in first ten years of mobile use.

October 2007: Britain’s Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme finds no link to ill health.

May 2011: Council of Europe warns mobiles should be banned from classrooms over “potentially harmful” effects.

June 2012: World Health Organisation says “some” cancer risk.
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Source: The Sun, EMMA LITTLE / MICHAEL DAY, 19 Oct 2012

Italian consumer group warns of Wi-Fi health risks on trains
Italy Created: 10 Oct 2012
A survey conducted by Italian consumers association Condacons, conducted on Frecciarossa trains from Trenitalia and high-speed NTV trains, claims that Wi-Fi connections on trains represent a threat to the health of passengers. Exposure to magnetic and electromagnetic waves on Italian trains equipped with the internet system 'exceeds the limits set by law'. Electromagnetic waves detected on Frecciarossa exceeded the limit by 588 percent and on the Italo trains the situation is even worse, with an excess of 6,800 percent. Condacons has subsequently presented a complaint to prosecutors in Milan, Turin, Bologna, Florence and Rome.
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Source: TelecomPaper, 10 Oct 2012

IARC: more undeclared Conflicts of Interest
Italy Created: 8 Dec 2011
The Italian programme "Report" exposed four more people who participated in IARC RF carcinogenicity evaluation with conflict of interests.

This was not stated by IARC:

1) Clemens Dasenbrock, Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine, Germany:
Funded by the GSM association and the Mobile Manufacturers Forum.

2) Tomoyuki Shirai, Nagoya City University, Japan [retired]:
Funded by the association of radio industry and business in Japan.

3) Junji Miyakoshi, Kyoto University, Japan. Kyoto University, Japan:
Funded by the association of radio industry and business in Japan

4) Juuka Juutilainen University of Eastern Finland:
Funded by the GSM association and the Mobile manufacturers forum

Link to italian "Report" programme:

Related news:
May 2011, Sweden: WHO & IARC in major conflict of interest scandal
May 2011, Sweden: IARC RF-meeting chairman linked to Industry Lobby firm
Source: Iris Atzmon (via email), 08 Dec 2011

The role of water in the interactions between living systems and EMF
Italy Created: 6 Dec 2011
Dear Friends and Activists,
let me invite you to watch the video of Dr. De Ninno lecture at ICEMS Congress in Rome (3rd Nov 2011) about the role of water in the interactions between living systems and EMF. It's in Italian with English subtitles.

Please note: "Amino acids have 1 or 2 metal ions that work like an antenna."

Biophysics show that we know nearly nothing about EMF safety limits...

Best regards,
Francesca Romana Orlando
Vice President of AMICA
Associazione Malattie da Intossicazione Cronica e/o Ambientale
(Association for Environmental and Chronic Toxic Injury)
P.O. Box 3131
00121 Rome - Italy
Skype: Infoamica
Member of the International EMF Alliance (IEMFA)
Member of the EMF Free Italia Network
Member of the Zero Mercury Working Group
Member of the World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry
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Source: Francesca Romana Orlando/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Articoli scientifici pubblicati su Epidemiologia e Prevenzione del Prof. Angelo Levis:Chi usa il telefono cellulare è a rischio?
Italy Created: 27 Nov 2011
CI PARLERA’ IL PROF. ANGELO LEVIS (ex IARC, nel comitato tecnico scientifico dell’ISDE- Medici per l’Ambiente, Commissione Oncologica Nazionale, Università di Padova).
Quando l’informazione alternativa, competente, arriva al grande pubblico si può parlare di precauzione.
Il Prof. ANGELO LEVIS raccomanda, soprattutto ai giovani, di utilizzare il telefonino con prudenza. Affronta il tema del conflitto di interessi che possono condizionare i risultati della ricerca sugli effetti dell’esposizione prolungata alle onde elettromagnetiche.
E’ un’intervista da non perdere, ciao Angela
Articoli scientifici pubblicati su Epidemiologia e Prevenzione del Prof. Angelo Levis:
Epidemiol Prev 2011; 35 (3-4), Periodo: maggio-agosto, pagine: 188-199
Telefoni mobili e tumori alla testa: è tempo che i dati vengano letti e valorizzati correttamente
Angelo Gino Levis; Nadia Minicuci; Paolo Ricci; Valerio Gennaro;
Spiridione Garbisa .

Chi usa il telefono cellulare è a rischio?

Angelo Gino Levis; Nadia Minicuci; Paolo Ricci; Valerio Gennaro; Paolo Crosignani;
Spiridione Garbisa .

Sono interessanti le raccomandazioni del Prof. Angelo Levis.
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Source: Angela Mamma. Ingvarsdottir

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