Feedback appreciated on timelines, etc. This is a split off of the bill on school privacy, etc., to cover these topics:
A summary & text is provided below of a bill to be placed before the Massachusetts legislature in the 2018-2019 session to begin institutionally admitting health and social risks from technology and pollutants. The medical establishment needs to recognize and instruct on environmental causes of illness to assist all patients in avoiding toxins.
Please contact your representative now and ask them to support and sponsor this bill as well as the other bills put forth by Last Tree Laws--and please let us know when you do and how it goes including any feedback. We can't do it without you as this is a change from the status quo!
Silicon Valley is favoring Waldorf and Montessori schools, emphasizing time outdoors and human interaction, while the poor rely on television, cell phones, and time online to "educate" or raise children. Even Massachusetts Governor Baker appointed a private organization supporting EdTech business ventures to run the MAPLE initiative supporting educational technology in public schools, citing affordability. Despite EdTech advocacy & investment, time online is detrimental to health, socializing, and academics, and makes automation, surveillance, and top-down control of education easy, besides adding to the myopia epidemic. A little more respect for the ability of teachers to run the show without technology would go a long way to helping education.
NIMBY or "not in my backyard" represents those people who oppose dirty and polluting industry near their own homes. NIMBY is smart. We should all embrace NIMBY, eliminating environmental injustice in everyone's backyards. Trolls use NIMBY as an insult to disparage protecting one's own home and backyard as if that were selfish & we ought roll over and expose our soft underbellies. Again, we should all be prickly NIMBY porcupines about wireless.
Please ask your legislator to sponsor this bill, and contact Last Tree Laws to do so. Except for the embarrassment of a compromising photo, students hardly realize the risk of sharing everything online, of online propaganda, the influence of advertising, of manipulation, the risk of blackmail or just general creepiness. At Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania, students were observed by webcam at home, and chat logs and websites visited were also monitored. Data can also be collected and sold by technology companies, stolen by hackers, added to a government profile, and provide information on family, neighbors, and friends.
The following is based on suggestions provided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, including the concept that parents and students should be allowed to opt out of technology. Politicians will not be game to restrict tech due to the financial influences, and so support from citizens is needed to persuade politicians.
Social and educational shortfalls are associated with even just a little school screen time. Reducing technology use also ties in with privacy protection, as technology gathers information, and with reducing problems such as societal dependency and energy consumption.
The American Psychological Association has a number of courses on tech addiction and the American Optometric Association warns about eye risk from screen or blue light. Published experts studying the latest research warn of other health risks, as does the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reducing screen time, school and home use adds up. Digital habits are difficult to stem when coursework is tied to daily, even full-time use. A bill to reduce school technology use is proposed below: sponsors are needed.
We need jobs that allow for interdependence, rather than digital technology to replace the workforce susceptible to chaotic break down, hacking, or control of a wealthy few. With technology, too many are "expendable." Expendable is a difficult place emotionally and physically. Interdependence fosters equality, democracy, and self-worth. Thomas Jefferson believed that farmers, owning & tilling their own land, had the independence necessary for democracy. Today few have economic independence.
Technology is interwoven into every aspect of our lives, threatening socialization and our environment. We need a human-centered society with human interactions, rather than a tech-centered society that fosters isolation, marketing, and anti-social mores. We need attention to the environmental costs of technology, from wireless tumors to conflict minerals. Of course we cannot scuttle the technology ship, as most of us are on board. However, we can fix the ship and change direction.
American "independence" was won with subterfuge and revolution, but this would fail today in a smart city or from the Internet of Things and AI data analysis. State and federal constitutions prohibit "unreasonable searches and seizures," knowing tyranny, blackmail, threat, or physical force may result. But privacy is a right neglected by technology corporations today and sold to the highest bidder, whether foreign or local government or other corporations. Technology can intrude not only on our privacy, but shape our society and formidable weapons.
Technology allows concentration of power, gathering of information, and facilitates fake truths. Military research such as Next-Generation NonSurgical Technology examines how to read and write into brains, developing knowledge that may be used to read secrets or manipulate minds. Technology and tech investments need to be circumscribed, regulated, and absolutely reduced.
Because so many people, especially children, are suffering poor health, a law is needed to stop or reduce pollution. Liberties, especially privacy, are also under threat with impunity, and a law is needed to prevent such wanton disregard. We are working on a draft to address environmental responsibility, at the least. Suggestions are welcome. A petition initiative will be necessary--please volunteer to help!