Technological emergence and advancement over the decades in information and communication technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, 3D printing, internet of things and the next generation telecommunication networks such as 5G, big-data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) has brought about immeasurable global transformation. However, regulating these emerging technologies has been challenging for policy makers, governments and regulatory agencies. The environmental risk presented by these emerging technologies is often misunderstood and unaccepted until the technologies are duly developed and its applications otherwise proved. With the eruption of a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), various conspiracies have connected 5G to the spread of COVID-19, stating that the installation 5G facilities will emit radiation waves thereby weakening the immune system. This misinformation among others, poses a major challenge for government, regulatory agencies and policy makers in regulating emerging technology.
Key Words: Regulating, Emerging, Technology, 5G, Conspiracy Theory
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