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Cell and the city (Part 1): To SAR, with love

Zafar Anjum | June 30, 2010
Should Singapore do a San Francisco and mandate for all mobile phone retailers to display the amount of radiation cell phones emit?

The criticisms deserve a considered, scientific response from the industry. When the Interphone study does finally report, it will be properly presented, with lots of expensive positioning and supported by lots of credible experts. The wireless industry has spent a lot of money on it, and will be relying heavily on it to dispel concerns about mobile phones and cancer. It would be a shame if that money turns out to be wasted, and the concerns are no nearer to being answered, because of nagging doubts that the study wasn't done right.

Of course, the critique and the 'reasons for concern' report do not look as professional as the Interphone study publication will look. But the first manifestations of 'outsider science' always look like this; there was a time when the critics of asbestos, of lead in petrol and of cigarettes looked like cranks. So the industry and its scientific advisors should address the 'reasons for concern' rather than dismiss the authors as Luddites.

As Jeremy has argued, I think it would be in the interest of mobile phone companies to support the science and be transparent with their consumers.

Zafar Anjum, online editor of MIS Asia dot com, covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, outsourcing and telecommunications, among other areas of interest for FBM Asia publications. Follow MIS Asia on Twitter at @MIS Asia or follow Zafar on Twitter at @zafaranjum or subscribe to MIS Asia RSS feeds. Zafars e-mail address is  


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