The trick is whether we can harness this open network to move our social structures towards better supporting ideals like hope, truth, justice, freedom and compassion. The institutions and acheivements of science and technology show that we can build cultures that better seek out truth about the universe than we are capable of as individuals. The civil rights movement does the same for freedom, justice and compassion.
Unfortunately, most of our greatest constructs of hope are currently built on foundations of deceit (or delusion) and manipulation for the benefit of a powerful elite: organised religion. The other ideals (especially truth) get thrown out the window in service to the "opiate of the masses".
However, it isn't faith itself that's the problem, it's the abandonment of the other ideals in the service of faith.