Dr Mark Trozzi & Christof Plothe Present the Effects of Unregulated Digitalization
WCH Steering Committee members Dr Mark Trozzi and Christof Plothe, DO review our new policy brief, The Effects of Unregulated Digitalization on Health and Democracy: A Call for Using Technology with Discernment, and hear from political cartoonist Bob Moran on the subject.
What is this document about?
- The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the digital transformation include a number of beneficial and harmful innovations, the latter presenting a severe threat to health, essential human rights and democracy that must not be underestimated. The public and decision-makers need to differentiate and be careful what they welcome and what they oppose in the name of digitalization.
- This in-depth WCH policy brief showcases aspects of the process of digitalization that negatively impact (public) health, essential human rights and democracy. It discusses radiation-based wireless technology (including 5G), the impacts of excessive or misguided use of digital technology on mental health and development as well as the inhumane conditions under which some technologies are being produced.
- It further explains the threats emanating from the surveillance economy, Digital ID, a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and the idea of a cashless society. The document contains policy recommendations to effectively address these issues and avert harm.
- Further, the document is meant to empower the reader to make informed decisions in their own everyday life when interacting with specific technologies and the effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
We need to increase our use of cash! The history of money shows that what money we use can make the difference between being independent or being bound. Cash means financial sovereignty and privacy.
Eliminating cash is attractive to Industry 4.0 ideologues like the World… pic.twitter.com/IdQumCFNgz
— Dr Tess Lawrie (@lawrie_dr) August 24, 2023