Effects of Unregulated Digitalization on Health and Democracy – World Council for Health

May 6, 2024

We are pleased to inform you that the World Council for Health has published a new policy brief urging the use of technology with discernment and to subject digital innovations introduced under the umbrella of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to greater scrutiny.

An expert group in political science and the natural sciences has prepared an in-depth policy brief on the effects of unregulated digitalization on health and democracy.

The document provides an overview of aspects of the process of digitalization that negatively impact (public) health, essential human rights and democracy. It also contains policy recommendations to effectively address these issues and avert harm. Further, this document is meant to empower the reader to take informed decisions in their own every-day life when interacting with specific technologies and the effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Issues addressed in the 46-page document include:

  • Effects of wireless technology on health
  • Effects of digital technology on mental health and development
  • Mining and production issues associated with digital technology
  • Digital ID, surveillance, and social credit systems
  • Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and the threat to cash

Effects of Unregulated Digitalization on Health and Democracy can be downloaded here.

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