Written evidence submitted by Jarvis
The DCMS Committee is inviting written evidence on the following questions by Thursday
• What has been or will be the most important impacts of increasingly prevalent smart
and connected technology in our lives, including in the home, in the workplace and
in our towns and cities, and are they necessarily better than current systems?
• so called "SMART" technology will being no benefits to the general public.
Two CEOs of Huawei have said publicly that 5G is not broadband and that is
what is needed for community use.
• 5G is about industrial and commercial uses plus surveillance. AI, VR,
robotics, autonomous vehicles. These will not benefit the ordinary person.
The most important impact will be a degradation of health - proven by many
studies worldwide. The cumulative effects are unknown but can be guessed
• Are there any groups in society who may particularly benefit from or be vulnerable
to the increasing prevalence of smart technology, such as young or elderly people,
people with disabilities and people likely to be digitally excluded?
• Spying will be made easier with many more potential access points.
• There are many vulnerable groups such as those who simply do not want to
use it and those who already have health vulnerability (eg EHS & functional
• How can we incentivise or encourage design that is safe, secure, environmentallyand
user-friendly and human rights compliant?
• First you have to carry out a wide-ranging analysis focused on the problems
(if any) and a need or desire expressed by the public. This has been the
biggest failure to date. It the West Midlands the testbed is not a trial nor a
testbed - it is being treated as a policy.
When I ask people as I go around, 90% of people say they do not want faster
downloads; what is the point? It still takes (eg) 90 minutes to watch a video!
• Only through strict regulation and honesty in science.
• What are the key short- and long-term risks and threats, and how can we ensure
the devices, systems and networks of individuals, businesses and organisations are
digitally-literate and cyber secure?
• Why is it so necessary to be digitally -literate? Of itself it will not improve
• The biggest risk is that we lose humanity.
• How will current geopolitical concerns influence domestic consumers, e.g. regarding
standards of imported goods or in how we can deal with cyber threats?
• Stop attacking people. Stop thinking competitively all the time.
• People are not "consumers" it is denigrating to use that term for a population
• Locally people are not concerned about geo-politics. It is only politicians.
Stop thinking that there is no life wiothout growth and there is only one way to
• Do existing frameworks, like data protection legislation and the Public Security and
Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill, adequately address concerns with smart
technology, and if not, how could they be changed?
• No because they do not understand it, at least the people who designed
those systems do not understand it.
• Governments both local, national and internationally need to start listening to
their people. Maybe then we will get some sense.