“I think this is going to be one of the major issues in the next few years. Most people are not aware of this, and the people who are mostly know the old data and there’s a lot of new stuff on this that’s extremely, extremely important”. ~ Prof Martin Pall, Oslo, October 2014.
According to some governments, it is not possible for microwaves from mobile phones, WiFi, ‘smart’ meters, etc. to cause harm, that research in the field is inconsistent and that there is no proof that such radiation can cause health issues.
According to the eminent physicist, geneticist and cell biologist, Prof. Emeritus Martin L. Pall, they are wrong on all counts.
In this video, Pall argues that research results showing harm are not “inconsistent” as is sometimes claimed, and that the health of the public now urgently needs to be protected.
Pall’s extensive research over recent decades (some of his peer-reviewed studies on this subject are listed in the final two minutes of this presentation) shows that:
• Microwaves damage humans at levels far below present radiation limits, through mechanisms at the cellular level
• These biological mechanisms can – completely or partially – be behind growing “unexplained illnesses” like sudden cardiac death, ME, weakened immune system, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress, and increased DNA breakage, etc.
• The effects can in principle affect all multicellular animals, and is proven, for example, in mussels
• You need neither New Age, tendentious science or conspiracy theories to justify this.
The conclusion to be drawn from Pall’s findings is that we face a new and increasingly present environmental pollutant. Some have called it the “21st century environmental bomb”, with implications for the environment, human health, construction of mobile towers, computers in schools, and handling of individuals presenting with symptoms of EHS.
Martin Pall, prof. Em. at Washington State University, has an impressive body of work. His first article on EMFs and their role in VGCC activation earned a place in the “Global Medical Discovery” list of the most important articles in medicine in 2013.
The video is footage from Arne Naess seminar 18th October 2014 Oslo.
Introduction by: Einar Flydal, retired from the ICT industry, business and academia
Main presentation by: Martin L. Pall
Questions / comments from the audience
The video has English speech and Norwegian text.
Organizers: Einar Flydal in cooperation with Arne Naess Chair in global justice and environment
The next Big Data threat to our privacy may come from the electricity we consume in our homes.
“Smart” online power meters are tracking energy use — and that data may soon be worth more than the electricity they distribute.
The Department of Energy is publishing in January the final draft of a voluntary code of conduct governing data privacy for smart meters, 38 million of which have already been installed nationwide. The meters gather information about household electricity consumption and transmit it wirelessly at regular intervals to the supplier. It’s a key element in the push for the so-called smart grid, a more efficient way to distribute the nation’s electricity.
But, despite the voluntary code, critics fear consumers will still be cajoled or conned into giving up their data, not just to power companies but to third-party data aggregators. Too much money is at stake, they say. And the huge profits to be made could upend the business model of energy utilities.
“I think the data is going to be worth a lot more than the commodity that’s being consumed to generate the data,” said Miles Keogh, director of grants and research at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
All sorts of inferences about people’s private lives are potentially available from detailed energy consumption data. The number of people inside a house. Daily routines. Degree of religious observance. Household appliance usage. Even, according to two German hackers, what’s on the television, given a fast enough meter refresh rate.
“Very sensitive information can be revealed about homes, and homes are the most sacred privacy environment,” said Nancy King, an Oregon State University business law and ethics academic who’s studying smart meter deployments.
Access and control of that energy usage data will be key, she added. “Most consumers are just unaware about how their data feeds into the Big Data machine and are powerless to do much about it.”
For now, electric utilities collecting the data use it to improve how they manage the distribution of power. They envision a smart grid of greater reliability and efficiency, able to respond rapidly to fluctuations in demand. A smart grid would be more economical and have a smaller environmental footprint.
The market for the kind of Big Data energy analytics that will run the smart grid will reach a billion dollars annually in the United States and Canada by 2019, predicts analysis firm Navigant Research.
But that same data could also be a gold mine for other purposes — retailers deciding where to open their next store, marketers profiling neighborhoods with an even finer tooth comb, or in ways we have yet to even think up.
Exhaustive electricity consumption data “is a holy grail, in many ways” for marketing analysts and consumer data aggregators, said Lee Tien, a senior attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Few other types of data get inside the home the way that electrical usage data does.”
The privacy-invading potential of smart meters hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Energy Department, which in September published a draft voluntary code of conduct governing data privacy and the smart grid.
“Almost two years ago now, we said we should probably facilitate something among the industry that addresses the privacy concerns around this area before it really becomes an issue, before there’s really a lot of demand for that data,” said Eric Lightner, director of the Federal Smart Grid Task Force. He anticipates publication of the final draft in January.
Central to the draft code is “customer choice and consent,” the concept that rate payers should control access to their data by third parties. Already there’s a developing market for devices that hook up to smart meters and collect data at a rate far quicker than utilities. Home security vendor ADT, for example, can connect to smart meters in near real time for an energy management offering.
Critics wonder whether the code of conduct will stand up to the changes that Big Data will create in the energy industry. “When you become a company whose most valuable asset is not the kilowatt-hours but the data, that fundamentally changes what kind of company you are,” Keogh warned.
For example, an exception to the consumer consent principle in the draft code is “aggregated or anonymized data” — data at the level that Keogh predicts will be the most valuable for data miners. Consumer market analysts don’t care “whether I am washing my dishes at 4 in the afternoon or 5 in the afternoon,” he said. But they do care about regional patterns formed by that individual usage.
Utilities might find it a “lucrative business line for them to do the synthesis of the data, and then provide it to third parties,” he suggested.
But many power utilities, operating in one of the world’s most heavily regulated industries, are highly cautious businesses, and at least one says they are barred from using data like that. “Interval data is considered personally identifiable data, even if it’s anonymized,” said an executive with a West Coast public utility who asked not to be identified. “We just can’t give that kind of thing up.”
But that points to the other loophole contained in the code of conduct — the power of voluntary consent. Not even the most heavy-handed utility regulator can do much if consumers decide to permit access to their consumption data — perhaps in exchange for a price break.
“If the customer wants to share that kind of information with a third party, then that’s a different story. They’ve allowed it to happen. It’s their usage data,” said the executive. DOE’s Lightner agreed.
Consumers have a history of trading privacy for “very little monetary reward,” noted King. “It would be fair to probably assume that many, many consumers would give unfettered access to their data through a smart meter to providers who would give them free energy.”
So far, nobody appears to be proposing that, nor even lesser incentives, in exchange for consumers’ meter data.
That leads some to believe that estimates of the value of smart meter consumption data are overblown — or at any rate, that it’s too early to say whether the next big gold rush of consumer data will come from the smart grid.
“It’s … speculative to assume that the data will be incredibly valuable,” said Richard Caperton, director of national policy and partnerships at Opower. The Arlington, Va.-based company has a stake in the energy Big Data game already. It partners with utilities to give consumers comparative analyses of their energy usage measured against similar households, letting them know if their consumption is greater or less than their neighbors.
Ultimately a voluntary code of conduct is too fragile a way to protect household data, says King, the privacy professor. Neither is the concept of consumer choice necessarily an ideal way to protect consumer privacy, she added. DOE, of course, has little choice but to go the voluntary route, since it doesn’t have regulatory authority over the consumer end of the power system.
The solution, she says, is a “basic, comprehensive data law in this country, and it does not need to be based on notice and consent,” King said.
It had to come: The industry push (with the usual spin) to introduce smart meters in Tasmania. Note that in the government’s draft policy statement public comments are invited until February 15, 2015. I will certainly be sending in a submission and invite all interested individuals and groups to send in submission as well.
The following appeared in the Tasmanian Mercury newspaper on December 22, 2014:
Bid to restore energy advantage with pay-less power strategy
December 22, 2014 12:00AM
SMART meters, an increased uptake of electric vehicles and a second Basslink cable look set to be part of Tasmania’s energy future.
Releasing a draft of the state’s energy strategy yesterday, Energy Minister Matthew Groom said the aim was to drive down the cost of electricity prices for all Tasmanians.“This is about ensuring that in Tasmania we have the lowest possible power prices that are genuinely sustainable over the long term,” he said.
The policy has nine goals, among them ensuring a safe, secure, and reliable supply; that Tasmanian electricity prices will be among the lowest in Australia; and that consumers will have greater choice in how to meet their energy supply needs and will pay competitive, fair and predictable prices for those choices.
Mr Groom said he was keen to ensure that the policy restored Tasmania’s “energy advantage”. The Government was determined to never see a repeat of the recent power price increases of 65 per cent over seven years, he said. The policy aims to improve the efficiency of state-owned power businesses, improve energy efficiency in Tasmanian homes and remove impediments to the take-up of emerging technologies. It also seeks to positioning Tasmania to take further advantage of its significant renewable energy resources. TasNetworks chief executive Lance Balcombe welcomed the plan. “TasNetworks is committed to delivering the lowest sustainable electricity prices for customers, and I’m pleased the Government also shares that objective,” he said. “With network costs making up about 60 per cent of the average Tasmanian electricity bill, TasNetworks has a key role to play in ensuring we keep prices low, while delivering safe and reliable services.” However, Greens Leader Kim Booth said the strategy failed to address carbon price losses or future changes to the Renewable Energy Target, while sneaking in the “Christmas grinch” in the form of another Basslink for which Tasmanians will pick up the tab.
The Tasmanian Government is developing a Energy Strategy to identify ways in which energy can be used as a key economic driver for Tasmania.
Following on from the work undertaken by the Energy Working Group, the release of an Issues Paper, and the feedback received via public submissions to that Paper, the Government has developed a Draft Energy Strategy. The next step in the process is the release of this Draft Energy Strategy for public consideration and comment.
The Strategy has an overarching vision of restoring Tasmania’s energy advantage. Supporting this vision, the Strategy has three key themes
making energy work for people
reducing the cost of delivering energy
positioning Tasmania for the future.
Underpinning these themes are a suite of action items, which provide practical ways in which Government will respond in the short to medium term to deliver on these three themes.
The Government welcomes stakeholder and community views, and will take them into account in the finalisation of the Strategy.
Submissions are invited on the Strategy and its actions. Submissions will be published on the Department of State Growth website.
The Department may decline to publish certain submissions (or parts of submissions) where there are issues concerning appropriateness or confidentiality. If the author of a submission wishes to exercise confidentiality in relation to a submission or part of a submission, this should be clearly indicated, and will be respected. Where only parts of a submission are requested to be confidential, they should be submitted as an attachment to that part suitable for publication.
To facilitate the publication of submissions on the website, submissions should be electronic where possible.
Submissions should be lodged by Sunday 15 February 2015, and may be emailed to:
Or posted to:
Energy Strategy Submissions
Department of State Growth
GPO Box 536
Hobart Tas 7001.