The only thing I would add to what Mike writes is the importance of recognizing that ALL of our technologies are a relationship of the technical with the social/political/economic/cultural. Ideologies, economics, and even epistemologies are embedded within the technologies and have subsequent influence on our trajectory as a society, an effect that can only be minimized when we approach them critically and appropriate them strategically.
The last paragraph raises an important point that deserves considerable ongoing discussion regarding the need for international oversight. I would add the importance of improved and new pedagogy taking a sociotechnical systems approach to facilitate greater local agency in critical appropriation and co-creation of innovations. We need both top-down and bottom-up activism.