“New communication technologies make possible new modes of relationship, new social, economic and political structures, and thus new ways of understanding the human situation under God.”
“Information technology has not only transformational possibilities but also deep ethical implications. Worldwide, the number of children - girls especially – who lack adequate education is a scandal. It means that most will remain disadvantaged throughout their lives. Schools, curricula, the training of teachers, the provision of computers, and low cost downloading of information should be key forms of international aid and voluntary assistance to developing countries. No other single intervention offers greater prospects of enhancing economic opportunities for everyone, and for moving us forward in the long, hard journey to universal human dignity.”
“Every technological civilization faces two opposing dangers. One is the hubris that says: we have godlike powers, therefore let us take the place of God. The other is the fear that says: in the name of God, let us not use these godlike powers at all. Both are wrong. Each technological advance carries with it the possibility of diminishing or enhancing human dignity. What matters is how we use it. The way to use it is in covenant with God, honouring His image that is mankind.”
“Global communications, especially the internet, have in effect abolished space, or at least our experience of space. Yet the nation state was predicated on space. It was a political-social-economic-cultural phenomenon that thought together a group of people, however heterogeneous, because they lived in the same region. They might be quite different, but they were neighbours. They occupied the same territory. They shared the same language. They lived under the same political system. They were part of the same economy. When my family came to Britain, they were opting to share its fate. They were sacrificing their past for the sake of what they saw as a better future. They were moving home. Today, thanks to globalization and the ease and low real cost of travel, no one has to make that choice any more. What then becomes of identity? Britain is where we are, but in what sense is it who we are? Citizens of the world, we no longer have a sense of the local, which is where identity begins. The nation state is fragmenting before our eyes. What, in such a world, is the meaning of the word ‘home’?”
“The new technologies, by uniting people globally, divide people locally. They strengthen non-national affiliations. They can make people feel more Hindu or Muslim or Jewish than British, They turn ethnic minorities into ‘diasporas’, people whose home and heart is elsewhere. They amplify fear and erode trust. They simplify issues and weaken the politics of nuance and compromise.”