Library Director resigns over WiFi irradiation risks
Rebekah Azen resigned from her post as the director of the library at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, because she believes that exposure to WiFi emissions is a health hazard and got no response from administrators after complaining. Library Journal covered this story yesterday. The Council on Wireless Technology Impacts, a group that Azen works with, put out a press release detailing their view of the situation and talking about the dangers of WiFi radiation as they view them.
I debated Azen on the SRRT email discussion list about this issue last year, saying that WiFi radiation is no worse than many other sources of electromagnetic radiation that we’re exposed to all the time, from natural and technological sources. Ultimately, I had to admit that man-made electromagnetic fields are something that we expose ourselves to without knowing as much about their potential effects as we should. They constitute a way that we have changed our environment that might alarm us if it were perceptible to our senses. At the same time, I finally argued, and this is what I think, electromagnetic radiation all over the spectrum is in our environment all the time and there is really no getting away from it unless you move to a a pretty remote part of the world. Then again, this is something that is difficult to argue about unless you have an unusual level of technical knowledge. Whatever the truth is, I think Rebekah Azen is brave and principled to take the step that she did.