Featured IT News

carbonTRACK appoints tech veteran Brenton Spear as CEO

15 June 2021 in People Moves

Australian smart energy innovator carbonTRACK has appointed technology veteran Brenton Spear as chief executive officer to work alongside founder Spiros…

Canalys forecasts smartphone shipments to grow 12% in 2021, to 1.4 billion units

15 June 2021 in Telecoms & NBN

Despite supply pressures, analyst firm Canalys suggests the global smartphone market will grow 12% in 2021, representing a strong recovery…

Atlassian Foundation leads creation of Deed of Equity Gift for startup founders

15 June 2021 in Strategy

Australian software company Atlassian’s non-profit charity support group Atlassian Foundation has partnered with PwC Australia, Herbert Smith Freehills, and Australian…

Australia Post, Western Union expand partnership to launch digital money transfer service

10 June 2021 in Deals

Cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments provider Western Union has announced the expansion of its 17-year relationship with Australia Post,…

The internet outage - Fastly: A customer did it (kinda)

10 June 2021 in Networking

  Fastly's latest response to yesterday's outage puts the blame indirectly on an unnamed customer.

The overnight internet outage - an update

09 June 2021 in Networking

Internet CDN provider Fastly has admitted that last night's outage was due to a configuration error.

Payment redirection scams cost Australian businesses $128 milion in losses in 2020

09 June 2021 in Security

Payment redirection scams were the most financially damaging scams for Australian businesses in 2020 according to the competition watchdog, the…

AFP demonstrates no further powers needed in fight against encryption

09 June 2021 in Government Tech Policy

ANALYSIS The Australian Federal Police appears to have provided the best possible argument for not passing federal bills that seek…

Kaspersky trio spots Vista-era zero-days exploited through Chrome

09 June 2021 in Security

Global security firm Kaspersky has revealed that targeted attacks against a number of companies, which it noticed in April, initially…

Major internet outage - resolved

08 June 2021 in Networking

The internet outage this evening has been resolved, although we still don't know the cause.

Major internet outage right now

08 June 2021 in Networking

As we write, the internet is experiencing a major outage across a wide variety of platforms.

Capital city, independent petrol retail chains have ‘cheapest’ petrol, says ACCC

08 June 2021 in Technology Regulation

Independent petrol retail chains Speedway, Metro Petroleum, United, Vibe and FuelXpress had the cheapest petrol in Australia’s eight capital cities…

AGL, RayGen team up on $27m solar and thermal storage project

08 June 2021 in Energy

Energy and telecommunications customer services provider AGL and Australian energy technology group RayGen have joined forces to begin construction of…

NBN Special Access Undertaking Variation Discussion Paper

08 June 2021 in Telecoms & NBN

NBN Co has realised a discussion paper to industry on proposed changes to the Special Access Undertaking (SAU) lodged with…

Apple's WWDC 2021: stop everything and watch the future of computing on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Watch, TV and more!

08 June 2021 in Home Tech

Apple's iOS and iPadOS 15, macOS 12 Monterey, watchOS 8 and more are never more connected, secure and private, easier,…

Breaking IT News

Optimizely appoints Donna Wilcek to board

16 June 2021 in People Moves

Digital experience platform provider, Optimizely has announced the appointment of seasoned technology veteran Donna Wilczek to its board of directors…

Facebook and Lifeblood team up to promote blood donations this Blood Donor Week

15 June 2021 in Not For Profit

NOT-FOR-PROFIT NEWS: June 14 to 20 is the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood's National Blood Donor Week and Facebook is helping…

Gantt Chart and a Good Start: Project Management Done Right With Bitrix24

15 June 2021 in Business IT

COMPANY NEWS: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “project management”? Some really complicated…

New Submarine Cable Map Visualizes More Than $8 Billion in New Cable Investments Over Next Three Years

15 June 2021 in Telecoms & NBN

TeleGeography, a global telecommunications market research and consulting firm, has launched its 2021 Submarine Cable Map, sponsored by Telecom Egypt.

Telstra doubles amount of blocked scam calls

15 June 2021 in Telecoms & NBN

Telstra announced a further milestone in its “Cleaner Pipes” initiative protecting Telstra customers, blocking on average 13 million scam calls…

Complexica raises $5M in pre-IPO deal

15 June 2021 in Deals

Supply and demand optimisation software specialist Complexica has agreed a $5 million equity investment by ASX-listed Microequities Asset Management.

Noetic bags three-year contract to support Australian Defence Force experiments

15 June 2021 in Development

Consultancy firm Noetic’s contract with the Australian Defence Force will oversee a range of defence experiments designed to test ADF…

How REvil ransomware attacks organisations, and what are the necessary measures to counter them

15 June 2021 in Business IT

In its latest research, Sophos warns the severity and damage that the REvil ransomware may inflict on organisations. The research…

Thales boosts privacy and confidentiality capabilities for Google Workspace

15 June 2021 in Business IT

Thales’ solutions provide businesses how to manage and control their data’s encryption keys and protect the identity of their employers…

HPA scores distribution deal with Code

15 June 2021 in Resellers

Barcode scanning and data capture specialist Code has engaged healthcare products supplier Hospital Products Australia (HPA) as a channel distribution…

How businesses of all sizes can leverage automation

15 June 2021 in Business IT

CiGen, a specialist in robotic process automation and intelligent automation, offers a demand and subscription service that will help businesses…

Intel introduces its Infrastructure Processing Unit for better data centre efficiency

15 June 2021 in Business IT

Intel’s IPU is a programmable networking device designed to maximise processor efficiency in data centres. Intel says that with the…








Popular News

Subscribe to Newsletter

*  Enter the security code shown:




Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News




JUser: :_load: Unable to load user with ID: 3667
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 17:23

Europe wants to ban wifi and mobiles from schools


While scientists still argue the toss over whether mobile phones and wireless networks can damage people's health the European Parliament has been presented with a report recommending that wireless networks and mobile phones be totally banned from schools on health grounds.

Called The potential dangers of electromagnetic fields and their effect on the environment the report has been prepared by the European Assembly's Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs. While acknowledging no conclusive links between health problems and mobile network usage have been determined it suggests it would be folly to wait for conclusive evidence lest another asbestos or cigarette style health problem is eventually uncovered.

The report recommends authorities 'take all reasonable measures to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields, especially to radio frequencies from mobile phones, and particularly the exposure to children and young people who seem to be most at risk from head tumours.'

It also called on education and health authorities to develop information 'aimed at teachers, parents and children to alert them to the specific risks of early, ill-considered and prolonged use of mobiles and other devices emitting microwaves.' Also that Governments 'ban all mobile phones, DECT phones or WiFi or WLAN systems from classrooms and schools, as advocated by some regional authorities, medical associations and civil society organisations.'

If the idea gains traction in Europe it will almost certainly have a trickle down effect in Australia. According to Sweeney Research 87 per cent of Australian children aged four to 16 now either own or have access to a mobile phone - and wifi networks are increasingly commonplace in government and independent schools in part thanks to the Federal Government's $2.4 billion Digital Education Revolution.

Any attempts to rip out wireless networks and ban mobile phones from Australian schools would likely meet with stiff resistance.

However according to the report which was released this month; 'The potential health effects of the very low frequency of electromagnetic fields surrounding power lines and electrical devices are the subject of ongoing research and a significant amount of public debate.

Why the rush? read on

'While electrical and electromagnetic fields in certain frequency bands have fully beneficial effects which are applied
in medicine, other non-ionising frequencies, be they sourced from extremely low frequencies, power lines or certain high frequency waves used in the fields of radar, telecommunications and mobile telephony, appear to have more or less potentially harmful, non-thermal, biological effects on plants, insects and animals, as well as the human body when exposed to levels that are below the official threshold values.

'One must respect the precautionary principle and revise the current threshold values; waiting for high levels of scientific and clinical proof can lead to very high health and economic costs, as was the case in the past with asbestos, leaded petrol and tobacco.'

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here


The much awaited iTWire Shop is now open to our readers.

Visit the iTWire Shop, a leading destination for stylish accessories, gear & gadgets, lifestyle products and everyday portable office essentials, drones, zoom lenses for smartphones, software and online training.

PLUS Big Brands include: Apple, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sennheiser and many more.

Products available for any country.

We hope you enjoy and find value in the much anticipated iTWire Shop.



iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the iTWire.com site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.



Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous