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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

 
Ofcom measured UK's 5G radiation and found that, no, it won't give you cancer
Saturday, 22 February 2020 02:00
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A January 2020 protest against 5G rollouts at London's Parliament square. Pic: Bradley Stearn/Shutterstock

UK comms regulator Ofcom today published the results of its latest spectrum measurement tests, which tracked electromagnetic field emissions at 16 of the busiest 5G sites.

Shockingly, we say with tongue lodged firmly in cheek, the regulator didn't find evidence of a new Chernobyl poised to wipe out humanity.

Instead, it found emissions that were a minute fraction of the globally recognised dangerous levels. The maximum measured at any of the test sites was 1.5 per cent of the levels set by the International Commission on

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FCC forced by court to ask the public (again) if they think tearing up net neutrality was a really good idea or not
Friday, 21 February 2020 14:04

Comment The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking the American public to tell it if its decision in 2017 to scrap net neutrality regulations was dumb or not.

In a striking piece of irony – and one that the FCC is distinctly unhappy about – the watchdog is legally obliged to seek public comment on three issues: how its decision has threatened public safety, damaged broadband infrastructure rollout, and prevented poor people from getting access to fast internet access.

That obligation is the result of a legal challenge to the FCC's decision to tear up net neutrality rules covering internet

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No Huawei gear in vital 5G project to bring virtual-reality Robin Hood to Sherwood Forest
Friday, 21 February 2020 02:34

The UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS, aka the Ministry of Fun) has barred Huawei gear from rural 5G trials.

The department is funding nine pilots to the tune of £35m which aim to spread the benefits of 5G to rural communities. These range from a virtual-reality Robin Hood (and his Merrie Men) for visitors to Sherwood Forest to remote monitoring of woodland and livestock, and technology to reduce water pollution.

But the DCMS said today : "None of the winning projects, or future projects from 5G Create, will use equipment from high risk vendors." 5G Create

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Huawei to the danger zone: Now Uncle Sam slaps it with 16 charges of racketeering, fraud, money laundering, theft of robot arm and source code
Friday, 14 February 2020 07:35

Updated Huawei has been charged by the US government with 16 counts ranging from fraud to conspiring to launder money and steal trade secrets to racketeering.

The Department of Justice this week claimed three US-based Huawei brands and two subsidiaries violated federal law by stealing tech from partners, violating confidentiality agreements, recruiting employees to steal intellectual property upon leaving their jobs, and tapping university professors and researchers for documents on their work. The criminal charges were filed in Brooklyn on Thursday.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was also named as a defendant. Meng is being held in Canada and faces extradition

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Internet's safe-keepers forced to postpone crucial DNSSEC root key signing ceremony – no, not a hacker attack, but because they can't open a safe
Thursday, 13 February 2020 17:09

The organization that keeps the internet running behind-the-scenes was forced to delay an important update to the global network – because it was locked out of one of its own safes.

“During routine administrative maintenance of our Key Management Facility on 11 February, we identified an equipment malfunction,” explained Kim Davies, the head of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority ( IANA ), in an email to the dozen or so people expected to attend a quarterly ceremony in southern California at lunchtime on Wednesday.

The malfunction “will prevent us from successfully conducting the ceremony as originally scheduled" on February 12,

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