2018-05-17 Law school blog — “Technology and Human Rights”

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1)    Another industry reason for concern about 5G succeeding.  People will have to invest in expensive new phones – which really won’t provide any significant benefit and is inconvenient. Yet those microcells with transmitters emitting EMR will still be outside our homes.

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https://www.fiercewireless.com/devices/5g-coming-but-carriers-need-your-help

Another looming 5G challenge: Getting customers to upgrade to a 5G phone

“All four nationwide wireless carriers are promising to deliver mobile 5G, and while they tout the consumer benefits of superfast, low latency networks, the biggest beneficiaries of 5G could be the carriers themselves. Moving customers onto the more efficient 5G network technology will allow carriers to handle more data traffic, but they won’t realize this benefit until significant numbers of their customers upgrade to 5G-capable phones. That could take quite a while because smartphone users are not upgrading like they used to.”

https://www.fiercewireless.com/devices/5g-coming-but-carriers-need-your-help

2)    This might be an interesting new blog to follow. It is by a law school and a human rights organization. I wonder if this group might be interested in the Nuremberg Code vs. the Telecoms.

Technology and human rights
“The role of businesses, who will both create and utilize new technologies, is a critical issue. Will the private sector develop and deploy technologies in a way that is consistent with respect for human rights, and that builds in appropriate safeguards to prevent and mitigate negative human rights outcomes? At the same time, governments must also focus on their duty and examine how to ensure that businesses act responsibly.
 
The growth of these technologies raises important questions about whether our current policies, legal systems, and documentation and advocacy strategies are sufficient to mitigate the human rights risks that may result, many of which are still unknown. This series examines the potential and actual human rights risks posed by these technologies and how the human rights field can respond by exploring the following questions:
– How can technology be a powerful force in support of human rights and what are the key human rights risks associated with the rapid expansion of newer technologies, such as artificial intelligence, automation, and blockchain?
http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/GuidingPrinciplesBusinessHR_EN.pdf
– How can norms and approaches in the business and human rights field, including use of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, help prevent or mitigate human rights risks of new technologies and hold companies developing these new technologies accountable?
– What actions can rights advocates take to ensure that technological advances do not exacerbate inequality for those who are already among the most marginalized?
– How does the deployment and development of these new technologies impact sustainable development and the promotion of human rights in the Global South?”

 

https://www.openglobalrights.org/technology/  or  https://tinyurl.com/y9b8cauj

If you are interested in submitting a blog piece on this subject, contact:

Christen Dobson <dobson@business-humanrights.org>

[4) http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/z/2017-08-31-emerging-human-rights-issues-un-guiding-principles-on-business/]

3)    In the USA, the FCC has “streamlined” procedures and regulations to make it easier for telecoms to put new microcells in neighbourhoods without any environmental assessment. It is already illegal to discuss health effects or property values. Now, it seems environmental concerns are not allowed. My guess is that this will happen here, too (if it hasn’t already).

FCC Streamlines Wireless Environmental Review Process — Part 1: FCC Exempts Wireless Small Cells from Environmental Review Requirements

“In March 2018, the FCC adopted a Second R&O. In it, the FCC excluded small wireless facilities from National Historic Preservation Act (NPHA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review under specified circumstances and also streamlined NHPA and NEPA review for larger wireless facilities. The FCC stated that these actions will make a real difference in promoting U.S. leadership in 5G and can cut the costs of deployment by 80%, trim months off deployment timelines, and incentivize thousands of new wireless deployments thus expanding the reach of 5G and other advanced wireless technologies in the U.S.

The FCC concluded that deployment of small wireless facilities by non-Federal entities do not require historic preservation review under NHPA nor environmental review under NEPA because such deployments are neither an “undertaking” (NHPA) nor a “major Federal action” (NEPA). The Second R&O noted that the FCC last considered whether some wireless facilities could be exempt from these requirements in 2004 when virtually all wireless sites were “macro” sites, but that new small cell sites are materially different in size and in their likelihood of impact on surrounding areas. The FCC concluded that conducting such reviews for small wireless sites would result in costs far exceeding benefits and that the burden would grow exponentially as ever-increasing numbers of small wireless facilities are deployed.”

https://www.natlawreview.com/article/fcc-streamlines-wireless-environmental-review-process-part-1-fcc-exempts-wireless

 

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

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