“A specification (or spec) is an explicit set of requirements to be satisfied by a material, product, or service.” (wikipedia.org)
In the public series SPECS, Waag Society looked at the specifications behind the Internet. We also tried to map the impact the web has on our society. In this series, we examined what happens behind the scenes of the Internet and our society. What choices are made concerning the role and functioning of the Internet and how are these choices made? Which specs are relevant, crucial or forgotten? And what is the impact of this?
In a series of debates and events, we showed how various newsitems are linked to the Internet and the specifications that make up our networked society. Such as legislation and regulations, technical or social aspects and unwritten rules. Each session was a critical reflection on the invisible part of the Internet.
We wanted to know what the bottom of the iceberg looks like. That part which is normally not visible for us. And we were studying this together with others. Within SPECS, we provide a platform to anyone that was looking for the underground and overhead structures of the Internet and our society.
SPECS was supported by Creative Industries Fund NL.