1) In last night’s update [3) – https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/2021-06-17-smart-cities-privacy-webinar-video/], I mentioned a report I’d seen on TV (but for which I couldn’t find a link) about Wilson, North Carolina declaring internet a public utility and making its own network. A member sent me a link for the news program. The info about Wilson starts at about min. 12:35.
2) In Texas, a utility company remotely increased the temperature on their customers’ “smart” thermostats to conserve energy during this heat spell. In the winter, the temperature could be turned down for the same reason. In this case, the customers had opted in, apparently without realizing the consequences, but it is possible that such a choice might not be offered. And when smeters begin connecting with “smart” appliances, they could be controlled remotely, too, For example, turning off an air conditioner or clothes dryer. Soon, we won’t have the choice of having “smart” appliances…..
‘Woke up sweating’: Texas power companies remotely raise temperatures on people using their smart thermostats
Smart thermostats can be remotely adjusted during periods of high energy demand.
“Power companies in Texas are remotely raising temperatures inside of some customers’ homes amid the state’s ongoing energy shortage.”
3) A reminder from Stop 5G International about the upcoming “Solstice Mediation”.
“In less than 48 hours, we will join in spirit to envision a future where all life forms are cared for and protected from exposure to harmful environmental disruptors, including microwave radiation….
To review the information and instructions provided so far about the June 20/21 Solstice Envisioning Meditation and access the mp3 recording of the guided meditation provided in English, French and German, please go to https://stop5ginternational.org/solstice-envisioning-meditation/.”
4) In last night’s update [1) – https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/2021-06-17-smart-cities-privacy-webinar-video/], I provided the video of the webinar by Innovate Cities with Dr. Ann Cavoukian. At its end, there was a commitment to a Q&A session. Here is the invitation to it. If you wish to register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
We need to find out if they are considering the means of transmitting data, make them aware (if they aren’t already) about fiber optic cable vs wireless in a “smart”, secure city.
“Thank you to those who attended the “Smart Cities of Privacy” webinar with Hugh O’Reilly and Dr. Ann Cavoukian of Innovate Cities. To watch the event’s recording, please visit this link. [https://innovatecities.com/event-june-16-smart-cities-of-privacy-2/ & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxngQVKcYoI]
Following the success of the webinar, we are hosting a Q+A session on Wed. June 23rd from 11-12 pm with Hugh and Ann as well as Mai Mavinkurve, COO of Sightline Innovation, a member of the IC ecosystem. Join to ask all your privacy-by-design, ethical data sharing, and data trust tech questions.
To register reply YES to this email and a zoom link will be sent early next week.”
The Innovate Cities Team
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
“In digital era, privacy must be a priority. Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?” Al Gore