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Selected Topic: Internet Technology and Governance

Course code: AT70.9028
Credits: 1(1–0)
This course is elective

Course objectives

The Internet has undoubtedly brought dramatic changes to economic and social development of the world for these past decades. Its open architecture and operation principle has made the Internet unique and a great platform for innovations. The objective of the course is to introduce the Internet technology, how the Internet operates, its development and its governance. The course is aimed to be an institute-wide course providing students with an understanding of the current technology and status as well as an insight into possible future directions of the Internet.

Learning outcome

This course will expose students to the core technological principles of the Internet with strong emphasis on its open architecture and operation; the management of the Internet resources; the shifts in public and regulation; policy debates on privacy and security and the evolving Internet governance.

Course outline

I.         The Internet Technology
1.    History and Development
2.    Protocols and Architecture
II.      The Internet Ecosystem
1.    Internet Organizations
2.    Open Operation
3.    Open Standard Development
III.   Governance Issues
1.    Net Neutrality
2.    Privacy and Security
3.    Digital Identity
The course will be conducted through lectures and short student presentations. Student interaction and contributions will be a key element for the assessments.

Learning resources


Lecture Notes


(1)      "The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It", Jonathan Zittrain, Yale University Press, Available for download under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 license

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