The term network has vastly evolved over the last few decennia. Before computers, it was usually only networks of people, who knew each other and worked towards a shared goal. Resistance groups are prime examples of them, because their network connections are hidden, as opposed to the more obvious connections that form oppressive forces.
Nowadays, networks form far more easily, since the Internet allows even 'normal' people to organize in ways never seen before in the history of Humanity. While things like anonymity and privacy still require a certain amount of technical knowledge when using computers, the advances of blockchain technology is about to change this in the years to come. While I am writing this we near the end of 2017, and the landscape in crypto seems to favor Ethereum as the most feared opponent of Bitcoin.
Where the past few years showed a number of disturbing weaknesses, and plain hacks, the community seems to close ranks and real threats are efficiently dealt with. I for one will enjoy exploring this new landscape in Information Technology, as we consider it for new and more distributed applications. I predict that ten years from now software will be much more decentralized and distributed as it is today.