Contemporary technology can carry us in different directions. Our delighted adoption of the World Wide Web can be used to profile each of us and control us, if the powers-that-be choose -- as they apparently might. We all learn that the monitors of our internet behavior can deliver us "targeted" ads, whether we want them or not.
But the same technology might also facilitate wider participation by different people in new networks that create new forms of power. That's not a given, but it is a possibility. The non-geographical connections people form in online social networks are real. What they mean will be worked out by the choices folks make, probably in a pretty messy fashion.
Congratulations to Ms. Ostrom for contributing to wherever it is we're going.