The Pope said today that the internet carries a risk of control and conformity of thought.
Benedict XVI said that while the internet is egalitarian and creates the opportunity to be informed and stay connected, it also comes with risks.
The pontiff noted that the digital divide adds to the gap already separating wealthy nations from poor ones.
He also mentioned the “dangers of conformity, of control, of moral and intellectual relativism, which can already be recognised in the decline of critical spirit”.
The Pope was addressing a meeting on digital technologies and new media promoted by the Italian Bishops’ Conference.