Demystification Committee

Glossary of terms

Network
A large system consisting of many similar elements that are connected together to allow communication between each part (often via one or more control nodes). For the purpose of our research, the Network is understood as the infrastructure underlying the Internet, and specifically the wireless transmission of it. It is viewed as a ubiquitous, multi-layered and immanent assemblage which can be read as a consequential infrastructure space of its own, exerting control and shaping flows of power.

Ensemble
A group of things or people acting or taken together as a whole, often in a musical sense.

WiFi
A system and technological protocol for connecting electronic equipment to the Internet or allowing mutual communication without using wires and within a spatially limited area.

Device
For the purpose of this release, device is intended as electronic equipment exchanging packets with other equipment across a local wireless network (WiFi).

Packet
A unit of data transferred over a network. The network may be wireless or physical.

Packet sniffing
Software or hardware that can intercept and log traffic that passes over a network.

Packet category
Networks make use of different types of packet to achieve all necessary communications. We organise WiFi packets as follows:

Infrastructure / Structure
The structural level of the wireless technology: packets that organise the network.

Gatekeeping
Management of network access: packets that aid exchanging data between devices.

Oversight / Communications
Packets responsible for the meet and greet of devices.

Content / Data
Carried data: messages, images, videos. Packets transmitting the user’s media.

Broken
Corrupted and null packets: packets that may not reach their destination.

Unknown
Everything else. The ghosts in the network: unusual, very rare or non-standard packets.

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