Why hide from Wi-FI?

Published: May 28th, 2008

By: IT News Blog

It began with an investigativereport on the BBC's Panorama program a week ago that warned of alleged health risks associated with the ongoing wireless revolution, as offices, homes and classrooms move to Wi-Fi. The investigation found that radio frequency radiation levels in some schools are up to three times the level found in the main beam of intensity from mobile phone masts, and noted children's skulls are thinner and still forming and tests have shown they absorb more radiation than adults.

The reaction continues on the blogs, with Glenn Fleishman noting there's absolutely no science to back-up the BBC report and Ben Goldacre also takes issue with BBC's methodology. Also, Nick Farrell outs one of the BBC's experts as the 2004 “Misleader of the Year.”

Responding for the BBC, Paul Kenyon addressed the criticism, calling much of it unfair and the report well sourced and well founded.

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