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The Grapevine: What Attitudes About 5G Reveal About Public Misinformation And Conspiracies

At the end of last year, the Australian government began an inquiry into the roll-out of 5G networks across the country. As part of this, the public were invited to make submissions to ensure their voices would be heard in the policy development process. Dr Michael Jensen, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, analysed these submissions in his recent article for The Conversation and found that over 500 expressed concerns based on misinformation about 5G and its impacts on public health.

Michael calls in to The Grapevine to discuss these findings. He reflects on possible sources of this misinformation and explains why unfettered “free speech” that is used to justify the spread of non-professional health advice actually functions to limit the economy of ideas by impeding our ability to properly discuss these critical issues.

Photo: "5G 3.5 GHz Cell Site of Vodafone in Karlsruhe, Germany" by Tomás Freres (CC BY-SA 4.0)

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Listen to The Grapevine: What Attitudes About 5G Reveal About Public Misinformation And Conspiracies11:4627 July 2020