Too often, technological innovation is met with fear by the general population. This fear can be exacerbated by misinformation, which in turn is amplified by a plethora of anti-technology movements. The development of fifth generation (5G) wireless networks stands out as a clear example of this mechanism. 5G is convenient, but critics are concerned about its ability to protect users’ privacy. These networks are set to become the backbone of communication systems across the EU, our societies and economies will depend on this architecture. Democratic processes are relying more and more on digital infrastructures. Therefore, the implementation of 5G technology is an issue that deserves to be discussed by politics and civil society. But what happens when this discussion is distorted or contaminated?