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Networking Terms - A Shared Resource | 2019
Collaborative Text | Samantha Penn

Networking Terms - A Shared Resource is a collaborative text which attempts to describe and define terms frequently used in networking, and by extension to learn about networking. If you are reading this you are invited to contribute to the collaborative document, either by adding to the PirateBox board (at the bottom of this page) or by editing the shared document. You are invited to add in missing details, change an existing definition, use the list to jump into a Wikipedia rabbit hole, or just read.

As well as providing some context to PirateBox (the software that The Wrong Biennale routers use), the list is an articulation of some of the challenges involved in using the english language to talk about networking. Using the english language to describe networking involves smashing together words linked to space and size, engineering and the body. Words like host, storage, route and payload have been magpied as networking industries and technologies have evolved. Networking, and learning about networking, is a continual process of breaking down information and parceling it in new ways, finding and implementing logics and patterns to communicate a message. As the document can't help but show, our definition of terms and concepts, and how we choose to parcel and demarcate our data, is tied to the knowledge, techniques and assumptions we already have.

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