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Electromagnetic hypersensitivity means Peter Lloyd can't leave his house or enjoy any modern pleasures inside
Wales Created: 19 Oct 2014
The 42-year-old says he is desperate to be housed in an isolated wooden hut because virtually every aspect of modern life causes him pain.

He can’t use mains electricity for heating or lighting and washes with water heated on a gas cooker.

He has no electric gadgets, cannot watch TV, listen to a CD, access the internet or use a telephone.

Visitors have to leave mobile phones and watches outside because they would cause a severe reaction.

And he is unable to go out because of the likelihood of encountering someone with a mobile phone, a passing car, a power drill or a wifi zone.

These extraordinary living conditions are because Peter Lloyd, 42, suffers from a rare and cruel condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

In his case, it has progressed to the unbearable point where he is confined to a reclining sofa in his kitchen, unable to walk.

The 42-year-old man living on the outskirts of Cardiff now says he wants to be rehoused in an isolated wooden hut because he suffers serious pain whenever he comes into contact with electricity.

When Mr Lloyd moved to his current home in St Fagans in 2009, he had to be wheeled up the Taff Trail at night to minimise the chance of contact with electricity sources.

To pass the time, he reads around 100 books a year by the light of organic candles when it gets dark.

When we went to photograph Mr Lloyd, we couldn’t take an electronic camera near him.

We bought a disposable camera from a supermarket in order to be able to photograph him.

But we had to capture video footage, which features his dog Iggy Pop, from the other side of the road.

At present, Mr Lloyd is suffering from extra stress because next Tuesday he is due to be evicted from his home.

His landlady, who lives in London, is unhappy that the house isn’t being heated and has got a possession order against him.

So far, Cardiff council, which will have a legal responsibility to rehouse him, has not come up with an offer of accommodation he and his lawyers and medical advisers regard as suitable.

He is likely to end up in hospital – an outcome that fills him with dread because of the severe ill-effects he knows he will suffer from proximity to medical machines.

An articulate and intelligent man who worked as a personal fitness and nutrition trainer before he became too ill, Mr Lloyd said: “I first began to experience what I now know were early symptoms when I was in my mid twenties. I would get a foggy feeling in the head after looking at a computer screen, and had an inability to think straight. I had difficulty in talking – what I called ‘thought block’.

“One day I remember being in the St David’s Centre in Cardiff and messing up six cheques at a nutrition shop.

“I had an early brick-type mobile phone linked to a network called GSM that affected me.

“As time went on I realised I was becoming sensitised to more and different frequencies and devices. My natural reaction was to believe I could cope, but the situation just got worse. I would get intense headaches in the front of my head.”

As a keen reader, he regularly looked at magazines like New Scientist and Scientific American.

“I came across some articles that described my symptoms and I found out as much as I could about electromagnetic hypersensitivity,” he said.

After a three-year spell living in Spain, Mr Lloyd returned to Cardiff, where he eventually lost the ability to walk.

He is supported by his brother, Stephen, who together with Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan has been helping his campaign to be rehoused in a purpose-built hut in an isolated location.

We have seen a medical report that confirms Mr Lloyd’s diagnosis.

Cardiff council said it did not discuss individual cases.

What is electromagnetic hypersensitivity?

The term "electrical hypersensitivity" was first used in 1989, while "electromagnetic hypersensitivity" - EHS for short - was coined in 1994 to reflect sufferers' sensitivity to magnetic as well as electric fields.

As early as the 1930s, however, EHS symptoms were observed in people working with radio and electricity, and with military radar in the 1940s.

Environmental EHS appeared in the general population from the 1970s with computers.

It increased in the 1980s with mobile and cordless phones, and with wifi from 2000.

Thousands of people are now linked with EHS support groups in 30 countries.

The first started in Sweden in 1989; the UK group began in 2003.

Sweden recognised EHS as a functional disability in 2002. The Canadian Human Rights Commission did likewise in 2007.

In 2009, the European Parliament voted for persons with EHS to be recognised as disabled.

Despite having official recognition, many doctors still know little or nothing about the condition.

Peter Lloyd has an extreme form of it.
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Source: Wales Online, Martin Shipton, 16 Oct 2014

BREAKING: Former Nokia Boss: Mobile-Phones wrecked my health
Finland Created: 18 Oct 2014
Nokia’s former Technology Chief, Matti Niemelä, was involved in the development the world’s first mobile phones, but fell seriously ill himself from mobile-phone microwave radiation.

In addition, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Some studies suggest that radiation may increase the risk of even MS.

For Tampere-based Matti Niemelä, age 44, life was like in the movies when he as a young man was recruited to work for Nokia in 1997. The brilliant young man quickly advanced to become Nokia’s Chief Technology Officer for ten years, and was involved in developing the world’s first mobile phones, memory sticks and WLAN [Wi-Fi] connections.

In 2007, Niemelä’s career hit a brick wall as his health finally failed. Today, he is only able to move using a walker. Niemelä refuses to use a wheelchair.

– The irony of this is that I’m no longer able to use any of those devices that I had been developing, Niemelä says with a smile.

Niemelä is one of the unfortunate who have experienced severe symptoms of radiation.

– Traveling around the world with a communicator [early model smart-phone] in hand, exposure to radiation was very strong from morning to night, and even at night.

Few people have had such an overload of radiation than me, says Niemelä.

The first symptoms appeared already within a year of his employment at Nokia.

– I was playing badminton, and I could no longer hit the the ball during a serve, even though I’d played badminton for a while.

At first Niemelä didn’t dare go to the doctor, mainly because of the fear of brain cancer.

The symptoms got worse year by year.

– I couldn’t walk around while talking on the mobile-phone, because it caused coordination problems. The more intense the exposure, the more his speech slurred.

Also my ear felt hot when I talked on the phone for a longer times. I struggled on, using the phone until I could no longer feel my own skin. Then I had to go to the doctor, Niemelä explains.

In 2001, MRI images, and cerebrospinal fluid samples revealed the brutal truth: multiple sclerosis.

– I was kind of relieved, because one can cope with MS, but not so with brain cancer.

According to Niemelä, medical representatives aren’t willing to take a position on whether mobile phone radiation caused the MS. Preliminary results, however, show that radiation increases the risk of multiple sclerosis.

– I am a layman, not a doctor. MS is certainly caused by a number of factors, not just mobile-phone radiation. The radiation does, however, increase my MS symptoms.

Also, symptoms of the disease may easily be confused with the mobile-phone radiation symptoms, Niemelä explains. During the interview, Niemelä’s voice begins to slur, badly.

A sign in the hallway asks you to switch off the mobile phone. Even a small radiation exposure is too much.

– I can no longer go to the cinema or stay in public areas with lots of radiation for long. I have not been anywhere for a long time says Niemelä who in his forties, must accept that the four walls of his home are now a prison.

Although Niemelä has lost his health, career and more recently his marriage, he does not blame anyone.

– I’m not bitter, it was my own choice to work for Nokia.

He also doesn’t want to scare too many about cell phone dangers.

– A healthy person can use a mobile phone responsibly.

Niemelä, admits that going public with his story carries a big risk.

– I’m scared to talk about this in public, because I do not want to be labeled as crazy.

Niemelä explains that the subject of mobile phone radiation has always been kept silent at Nokia.

– You couldn’t talk about it within the company. Yet, among the staff, it was speculated whether the radiation could cause damage. However, no one dared to bring it up, because it could get them fired.

Niemelä says he brought up the matter with the doctor for the first time in 2006.

– The doctor told me about a number of patients who are suffering from the same symptoms as me, Niemelä reveals.

Niemelä is particularly concerned about the children and their mobile phone use, because the continuous exposure to the ear and head does not do any good.

– These things have been kept silent for too long. I hope it will become possible to discuss the symptoms openly, and without fear.

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Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia and Microsoft’s current Senior Vice President Tom Kuuppelomäki assures that all products meet the requirements set by international health bodies and standards.

– Product safety is of paramount importance both for Nokia and Microsoft.

With plenty of Nokia employees using mobile-phones during the past decades, wouldn’t it have been evident if the radiation was causing symptoms?

– The World Health Organization’s has looked at a number of studies, from the last two decades, with the aim to determine whether mobile-phones pose a potential health risk.

Kuuppelomäki insists that to date, studies have not demonstrated adverse health effects from mobile-phone use.

What kind of studies on radiation has Nokia done and commissioned since the late 1980s?

– Nokia and Microsoft are now participating in the MMF (Mobile Manufacturers Forum) research funding.

Mainly in conjunction with governmental organizations and other industry representatives of the funded research programs and projects can be found in the MMF‘s Web site.

– We believe that nonpartisan research will produce the best consumer information on equipment safety.

How will the health effects be studied in the future?

- WHO has made recommendations for further research on electromagnetic fields to enable a thorough risk assessment.

[English translation Henrik Eiriksson]
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Source: Satakunnan kansa, Anne Nikka, 18 Oct 2014

Help electrically sensitive programmer Joel get a shielded computer
Jamaica Created: 17 Oct 2014
Let's Build A Low Radiation Computer for Joel Dean, The Electrosensitive Man.

My name is Joel Dean and I’m a 21 year old electrically sensitive software engineer who needs your help to build a low radiation computer so that I can work and communicate again.

Help raise funds for a low-radiation computer here:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/low-radiation-computer-for-joel-dean

Who Am I?
Graduate - of Northern Caribbean University, class of 2013, Bachelors in Computer Science Cum Laude (3.61 GPA).

How Did I Become Allergic To Technology?

Last June I borrowed a 4G modem from a friend. One night I fell asleep with it on, right beside me. The next morning when I woke up I experienced some unusual symptoms; notably a tingling, prickly sensation on my skin. I soon realized that I only felt this way when I was close to the 4G modem. After my initial denial, I researched my symptoms online and learned that these symptoms are often attributed to a condition called electrical sensitivity. The responses I got from doctors and close friends led me to believe that this condition was non-existent and purely psychological. So I continued my life, using cell phones, Wi-Fi, and computers until one day in December the unthinkable occurred- the symptoms came back. This time I knew electrical hypersensitivity was real. I started doing in-depth research and was startled by my findings. Buried in forums and new archives were the cries of thousands who had become sensitive and were experiencing these unusual symptoms. Before I could seek any help I fell terribly ill, had to quit my job, and had to leave my home, friends, gadgets- my whole life behind to get away from all the technology that was making me sick. Since then I have been all over Jamaica seeking relief and now am at a remote location in Guts River, Manchester which is relatively safe.

*SNIP* go to source link below to read the rest...
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Source: Indiegogo, Joel Dean / Dwayne Samuels, 22 Sep 2014

Ärzte kritisieren Tablets und WLAN in Schulen
Germany Created: 17 Oct 2014
Der Ärztearbeitskreis Digitale Medien Stuttgart, dem 20 Mediziner aus Baden-Württemberg angehören, kritisiert aktuell die Einführung von Tablets, Smartphones und WLAN an Schulen. In einem Offenen Brief an die baden – württembergische Sozialministerin Altpeter und Kultusminister Stoch bemängeln die Ärzte, dass die aus der Wissenschaft und Medizin vorgebrachten Bedenken zur Nutzung digitaler Medien in den Schulen nicht beachtet würden,

*SNIP* read the entire open letter via the source link below...
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Source: Äerzte und mobilfunk, 01 Oct 2014

Electric blues - Rare allergy drives tech guru into seclusion
Jamaica Created: 15 Oct 2014
IF TWO years ago this young lad, who lived for computers and application creation, was told he would become extremely sick from being around everyday gadgets, Wi-Fi and cell towers, he probably would have had a hearty laugh and thought, 'oh, that's a good one' - But what he may have thought was a joke, is now his reality.

Twenty-one-year-old Joel Dean, a trained software engineer, had to move from urban living nine months ago to being ensconced in a hut by the river after being diagnosed with electrical sensitivity.

Electrical sensitivity is as an extreme allergic reaction to electromagnetic forces from mobile phones, computers and other wireless appliances. One may experience symptoms of headaches, burning or tingling sensation in the face or body and a rash while in the presence of these gadgets.

Dean first noticed this allergic reaction to technology last year after borrowing a 4G modem from a friend and fell asleep with it on. He woke up with unusual tingling sensations on his skin. He immediately researched the symptoms online.

Purely psychological

"At first, the doctors I visited and my close friends thought it was purely psychological and I went on using cell phones, Wi-Fi and my computer, but in December of last year my life changed forever when the symptoms reappeared," Dean told Rural Xpress.

He fell ill and was forced to quit his job, leave his family and friends, and take several trips with his father, Herve, across the island to find an environment conducive for his well-being.

"My father has an electromagnetic field metre that helps to tell us where electromagnetic forces are present and absent, and in February of last year, we found this location - Guts River."

The former user of all social media networks and owner of several pieces of gadgets is now reduced to using fishing, swimming and playing with reptiles as means of entertainment, and writing letters (mostly to his girlfriend) as means of communication.

"Having graduated with a bachelor of science degree in computer science, won the Digital Jam 2.0 mobile app competition for creating a pothole positioning system, worked with Grikly - a business partnership with Microsoft, being sent to Chile as a delegate and developed the Aerion student management system for Northern Caribbean University, it's hard to be reduced to this life, to just simply leave my passion, but I am convinced there are better days ahead," a hopeful Dean told Rural Xpress.

Dean's sister, Danielle, who along with some of his friends collect the handwritten letters with information for social media posts and for keeping people informed, says it is no easy task.

Faith in God

"I felt sad knowing my brother with whom I'm so close had this unexpected turn after doing so well, but I have faith in God, and I'm leaning on His faith that things will get better," Danielle said.

With the ability to still read his programming books and write down ideas for future coding, Dean is still firm in the notion that he will be able to have a normal life if he receives a low radiation computer.

"There is someone in Hawaii by the name of Richard Conrad who makes these special computers and these computers are basically a system with little or no electromagnetic fields. They consist of an electromagnetic field mouse, keyboard, shielding, monitor and projector," stated Dean.

"If I had one of these, I would be a software engineer again. I would first create a 'thank you' app. I would be empowered with the tools needed to be an ambassador for electrical sensitivity and lobby proper guidelines for wireless distribution because about 2.5 per cent of the population has this illness, but I need your help," he added.

With a minimum cost of US$10,000 (J$1.1 million) to build and ship this special computer, Dean had his family and friends launch a campaign where donations can be made and more information on his status be received. Persons may go to electrosensitiveman.com to make contributions or email electrosensitiveman @ gmail.com for other details.
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Source: Jamaica Gleaner, Tamara Bailey, 11 Oct 2014

Indians unaware of cellphone radiation danger
India Created: 15 Oct 2014
An average Indian is exposed to 5-10 times higher levels of electromagnetic radiation, emitted from cellular towers and mobile phones compared to the United States, which could lead to serious heath hazards, including cancer, infertility and nervous disorder.

A leading American health expert and researcher, Dr Devra Lee Davis, asserted that there are “serious” health risks both long and short term most Indians are faced with, as they continue to remain “unprotected and unaware” of the harm that the cellular radiation poses. “In Delhi, like in most parts of India, we can clearly see that cellular towers have been put up directly over residential houses and there is little separation between the tower radiators and citizens. This is a very serious problem and poses significant health risks for people here,” Dr Davis told this newspaper.

The renowned epidemiologist and toxicologist said that, unlike in countries like Singapore, the mobile companies in India had clearly shown no safety concerns for the people. “With these towers effectively working 24/7, those working and staying in the proximity of these towers face very serious risks.”

While speaking at an event, titled “Cell Tower and Mobile Radiations — Perceptions, Threats and Solutions,” in the national capital on Tuesday, the expert emphasised that public needed to be made more aware about cellphone and wireless Internet radiation and its effects that include problems with perception, memory and sleep, among other vital functions.

Dr Davis said that cellphone radiations increased risk of brain cancer, tumors of the acoustic nerve, salivary gland cancers in the cheek and may affect male fertility, as men commonly store their cellphones in their front pockets. She said there is evidence that cellular radiation could be harmful to expectant mothers and their unborn children, who are susceptible to exposure of radiation. “The womb in its last months of pregnancy is affected by radiation the most. The spinal cord of the baby is affected. In men, moreover, studies have shown that the sperm count levels decrease with increased radiation. Babies also have thin skulls and are more vulnerable to radiation, she said, adding: “Up to 4,500 pregnant women seeking treatment at the hospital attached to the Yale University have been educated about the ill-effects of radiation on the womb, since the beginning of the year under the Baby Safe Project.”

The expert said much of the research into the biological effects of cellphone radiation has been underwritten by the cellphone industry and they had fought independent scientists who studied cellphones, & helped produce questionable science that had clouded the issue.
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Source: Asian Age, Haris Zargar, 15 Oct 2014

British start-up invents light bulb fitting capable of acting as a wireless network in the home (pls. see comments below)
United Kingdom Created: 15 Oct 2014
From WiFi to LiFi: start-up is poised to win $10m funding.

A British hi-tech start-up has invented a light bulb fitting capable of acting as the equivalent of a wireless network in the home.
PureLiFi, a spin-out from Edinburgh University, is poised to announce new technology that can create a two-way high-speed connection using signals sent by LED lightbulbs for the first time.
The company’s creation has attracted the interest of a club of hi-tech investors who are close to agreeing a $10m (£6.2m) funding to help miniaturise and commercialise the system.
It is a box that can be connected to any ordinary light fitting with an LED bulb and turn it into a LiFi internet access point. The signals are encoded in a high frequency flicker many thousands of times faster than the human eye can detect. At the other end of the box, a receiver picks up the signal and communicates back in infrared light. It is this device that Prof Harald Haas, the founder of PureLifi, plans to miniaturise using the incoming investment.
Prof Haas said that the creation of a “world first” two-way LiFi network was an “absolute essential development in proving this technology can be part of the Internet of Things”.
The Internet of Things is a catch-all term for a trend toward more everyday devices being connected, such as thermostats and home security systems.
It is envisaged that eventually the internet will be used to monitor and control almost any domestic or industrial device. That would mean a major expansion in wireless networking capacity beyond what Wi-Fi can provide.
Prof Haas said: “Worldwide industry demand for this product shows that LiFi is viewed as a transformative technology that can change the way we use the mobile internet and be an enabler of the emerging Internet of Things.”
PureLifi hopes that light-based wireless networking will become standard for 5G, the successor to the 4G networks currently being deployed by mobile operators, which is in the early stages of development.
The technology is currently being tried out by major airlines, which want to use it to provide better in-flight connectivity, and intelligence agencies, which are interested in the potential of LiFi for secure wireless data transfers.

"So, what is "Li-fi"? Read the details here please!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li-Fi
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Source: Telegraph, Christopher Williams (comment by A. Ingvarsdottir), 12 Oct 2014

Have an iPhone 6? Make sure you hold it this far away from your body
USA Created: 13 Oct 2014
Or in other words: if you even touch your iPhone, you're screwed legally, should you suffer health damage due to iPhone use, because the safety guide says to keep a minimum distance of 5mm between iPhone and your body (your entire body!). [comment by editor].

Cell phone radiation isn’t anything new, and while the National Cancer Institute (NCI) indicates current studies have not shown a consistent link between cell phone use and cancers of the brain, nerves, or other tissues of the head or neck, cell phone technology and how people use cell phones is rapidly evolving–and so might be the risk.

“Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy, a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which can be absorbed by tissues closest to where the phone is held,” states NCI. “The amount of radiofrequency energy a cell phone user is exposed to depends on the technology of the phone, the distance between the phone’s antenna and the user, the extent and type of use, and the user’s distance from cell phone towers.”


Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) refers to the rate at which the body absorbs radio frequency (RF) exposure. Radio frequency energy is a form of electromagnetic radiation, and though the only known biological effect of radio frequency energy is heating (such as in microwave ovens), studies have shown people who used a cell phone for 50 minutes experienced brain tissues on the same side of the head as the phone’s antenna metabolizing more glucose than did tissues on the opposite side of the brain. Whether or not this change has any health implications is unknown, but man countries have nonetheless placed regulations on the SAR limit considered acceptable for mobile devices.

In the United States, the SAR limit is set to 1.6 watts per kilogram.

For both Apple iPhone 6 models, the SAR level for the head is 1.18. When using a body-worn accessory to keep the phone five millimeters from the body, the SAR level is 1.18 for the iPhone 6 and 1.19 for the iPhone 6 Plus, according to data on Apple’s website.

Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D, from the University of California, Berkley, indicates, “Like most cell phones, both new iPhone models have several transmitters that can simultaneously emit microwave radiation, which includes cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth radiation. When all these transmitters are turned on, the SAR value is 1.58 for the iPhone 6 and 1.59 for the iPhone 6 Plus. These levels are very close to the legal limit which is 1.60. To reduce exposure to microwave radiation, turn off any transmitters not in use.”

"To minimize exposure risks, people using the iPhone 6 models should maintain a minimum separation distance between the phones and the body of approximately two-tenths of an inch (i.e., 5 millimeters)."

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) assumes that consumers will carry their cell phones in a manufacturer-approved holder that keeps the phone a minimum distance from the body,” notes Moskowitz. “However, people do not reliably keep their phone away from their body in a cell phone holder.

For the SAR test, the FCC allows the manufacturer to choose the separation distance between the cell phone and the test model as long as consumers are informed about the minimum distance tested. Few consumers are aware of the manufacturer’s recommended minimum body separation from their cell phone because this information is often difficult to find. Thus, most consumers are in the dark about precautions they can take to keep their exposure to microwave radiation below the legal limit.”

Moskowitz points out that health views on cell phone risk are mixed; in 2011, the World Health Organization declared radio frequency radiation possibly carcinogenic in humans, and hundreds of laboratory studies with animals and cell samples have found deleterious biologic effects from short-term exposure to low intensity cell phone radiation, including development of stress proteins, micronuclei, free radicals, DNA breakage, and sperm damage.

NCI, indicates, however, that there are a number of reasons findings on cell phone hazards are inconsistent, including inaccurate reporting, recall bias, participation bias, and evolving technology.

“Older studies evaluated radionfrequency energy exposure from analog cell phones,” states NCI. “However, most cell phones today use digital technology, which operates at a different frequency and a lower power level than analog phones. Digital cell phones have been in use for more than a decade in the United States, and cellular technology continues to change. Texting, for example, has become a popular way of using a cell phone to communicate that does not require bringing the phone close to the head. Furthermore, the use of hands-free technology, such as wired and wireless headsets, is increasing and may decrease radio frequency energy exposure to the head and brain.”

Cancer-causing or not, the fact remains that Apple’s iPhone 6 numbers are high enough to warrant user awareness. While it may not always be possible to keep a phone at least 5 millimeters from the body, users are advised to limit close-contact use when possible, utilizing texting and speaker phone utilities whenever possible.
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Source: VOXXI, Hope Gillette, 10 oct 2014

The Internet Of Someone Else’s Things
USA Created: 11 Oct 2014
The Internet Of Things is coming - Rejoice! - Mostly. It will open our collective eyes to petabytes of real-time data, which we will turn into new insights and efficiencies. It will doubtless save lives. Oh, yes: and it will subtly redefine ownership as we know it. You will no longer own many of the most expensive and sophisticated items you possess. You may think you own them. But you’ll be wrong.

They say “possession is nine-tenths of the law,” but even if you physically and legally own a Smart Thing, you won’t actually control it. Ownership will become a three-legged stool; who physically owns a thing; who legally owns it; …and who has the ultimate power to command it. Who, in short, has root [is the superuser, ed.]

This is not a hypothetical situation. Your phone probably has three separate computers in it (processor, baseband processor, and SIM card) and you almost certainly don’t have root on any of them, which is why some people refer to phones as “tracking devices which make phone calls.” The New York Times recently ran a story about cars being prevented from starting because payments were days late. (And as CityLab points out: “Losing transportation could mean losing everything.”) Consider also the recent discovery that Belkin routers apparently had to connect to Belkin’s servers before they would connect to the rest of the Internet.

As The Atlantic puts it:

the smarter one’s things, the greater the possibility that they’ll be conscripted into schemes you never would have imagined and might not like.

The fundamental issue here is that the Internet of Things will not have a standard set of open APIs for consumers. (Well, there’s ThingSpeak, but it’s not exactly widely supported.) You can’t get your Tesla to dump all of its data to a server you specify. While Nest has a public API, they maintain gatekeeper control over it. (You may think: “Of course!” — but imagine being told that you can’t use Safari to access any Google services without Apple’s explicit consent and approval.) When you buy a Smart Thing, you get locked into its software ecosystem, which is controlled by its manufacturer, whether you like it or not.

Techno-utopians like to argue that open systems always win, but that simply isn’t true, as the mobile era has shown. Android is more open than iOS, but for most intents and purposes, both are walled gardens.

So are we doomed to a future of fifth-column Smart Things that we don’t really own, talking behind our backs to an array of siloed Stacks?

…Maybe. But not necessarily.

For one thing, I suspect that at some point, after the first wave of the Internet of Things, open APIs and root access will become a selling point. Either enough customers (especially business customers) will want them badly enough, or smart hardware will become enough of a commodity that startups will start selling “repluggable” Smart Things, which buyers can root and configure to speak to the server(s) of their choice.

More interesting to me, though, is the possibility of a decentralized Internet of Things; smart things which don’t communicate with any central server, but rather with a peer-to-peer, perhaps blockchain-based network. Consider the way FireChat is being used in Hong Kong, so that protestors can communicate despite the authorities’ control of the mobile networks. You don’t always actually need a central server, especially if you have a distributed-consensus algorithm — like a blockchain — for longer-term data storage and algorithmic coordination.

I concede this is a handwavey vaporware notion, but, well, I believe it’s an important handwavey vaporware notion. Similarly, a la Overstock or Reddit:

As someone who often argues that capitalism needs to evolve as technology remakes our societies and economies, I’m not necessarily opposed to a subtle redefinition of “ownership.” But I don’t want it to come to mean “transferring de facto control over every interesting thing in my possession to distant corporations.” Bring on an open, decentralized Internet Of Things, eventually. The Stacks control quite enough already.
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Source: TechCrunch, Jon Evans, 11 Oct 2014

Support Prof. Johansson. URGENT! Petition below! Please assist!
Sweden Created: 11 Oct 2014
Nine days ago news of a second plan to reduce the space allocated to Asst. Prof. Olle Johansson, by the administration at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.
Two years ago Prof. Johansson was forced to destroy 12 wire cage trolleys of research and equipment when his and his work were down-sized. This second attempt to down-size, yet again is being spearheaded by Åsa Garmager, Head of Administration.
These changes may be related to the appointment of a No. Two pro-business administrator:“Alexander von Gabain’s long-term experience and international reputation in academia, biotech industry and institutions facilitating innovation are prone to bolster the “knowledge triangle” that encompasses research, education and business, with the entrepreneur in the driver’s seat.”
http://ki.se/en/news/karolinska-institutet-recruits-international-top-innovator-and-business-developer
Commenting on the proposed changes at the Karolinska Institute, Dr. George Carlo of the Science and Public Policy Institute in Washington D.C., said, "I have had the illuminating pleasure of collaborating with Professor Johansson over many years. His science is impeccable, his sense of right and wrong extremely keen, and his willingness to stand up publicly for what he believes is far beyond admirable. I can only imagine the value he brings to students and researchers who he has mentored over the years. He has been and continues to be a credit to the Karolinska Institute and to all of us who are fortunate enough to stand beside him in work. I don't know the internal politics of what is going on at the Karolinska Institute, but knowing the man as I do, something is certainly fishy."

Further support for Johansson came from Dr. Dimitris Panagopoulos, at Demokritos, In Greece. His original support from 2012 as well as his recent latest demand to protect Johansson are attached.

The following three individuals are directly responsible for Prof. Johansson’s situation:

Sandra Ceccatelli, Department Chair,
Phone: 08-524 875 76
Fax: 08-33 03 56
E-mail: Sandra.Ceccatelli@ki.se

Åsa Garmager, Head of Administration,
Phone: 08-524 878 55
Organizational unit: Department of Neuroscience (Neuro), C4
E-mail: asa.garmager@ki.se

Christina Ingvarsson, HR administrator,
Phone: 08-524 878 80
Organizational unit: Department of Neuroscience (Neuro), C4
E-mail: Christina.Ingvarsson@ki.se

It is our responsibility to support Prof. Johansson as one of the pioneering voices who continue the struggle to protect humanity in the face of an industry with tremendous resources and power.

Please contact the Karolinska and register your concerns.

Kind regards,

John Weigel
Ireland

From Professor Olle Johansen:
I have recently received quite a few letters, telephone calls, and e-mails about a recent rumour, around my person, on the Internet.
Unfortunately, the rumour is correct. I have been asked by my department to once more downsize the remaining space I have, due to my lack of funding to cover the space rent. It will, of course, hamper me even more.
The loser is, however, not I, but people in need of support and answers; concerned parents worrying about the ever increasing amounts of EMFs in schools and daycare centers; cancer victims; persons with the functional impairment electrohypersensitivity and their relatives; and so forth.

People have already engaged in very generous and kind ways, for which I am deeply indebted. Among the letters sent to my administration and telephone calls made to the very same, I can draw your attention to a recent petition:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Ceccatelli_Ingvardsson_and_Garmager_at_The_Karolinska_Institute_Sweden_Let_Professor_Johansson_continue_his_valuable_res/?nLDpYgb

..as well as give you one example of a letter to my administration (this one written by John Weigel in Ireland):
When I go, promise me to never give up!!
With my very best regards
Yours sincerely
Olle

(Olle Johansson
The Experimental Dermatology Unit
Department of Neuroscience
Karolinska Institute
171 77 Stockholm
Sweden)
Click here to view the source article.
Source: Prof. Olle Johansen/John Weigel/ Agnes Ingvarsdottir

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