Demystification Committee

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Network Ensemble glossary

NETWORK/INTERNET
A large system consisting of parts connected together to allow communication between each part, often via larger exchange nodes. The physical infrastructure underlying the Internet is a multi-layered, ubiquitous and immanent assemblage. Paraphrasing Keller Easterling (2014), “a consequential infrastructure space of its own, exerting control and shaping flows of power”.

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

WIFI/WLAN
A moniker for a system and its technological protocols allowing mutual communication without using wires and within a spatially limited area, via the exchange of packets across electromagnetic field.

DEVICE
Electronic equipment exchanging packets with other equipment across a local wireless network (WLAN, or WiFi).

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

PACKET SNIFFING
The act of intercepting and logging traffic that passes over a network, carried out by means of software and/or hardware.

PACKET CATEGORY
Networks exchange different typologies of packets to achieve all necessary operations. In the work of the Network Ensemble, packets are categorised as follows:

INFRA/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
Packets responsible for the meet and greet of devices.

CONTENT
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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