Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-639: Policies of the Internet




This course will address public policy issues related to the Internet. This may include policy issues such as network neutrality and the open Internet, Internet governance and the domain name system (and the role of the United Nations), copyright protection of online content, regulation of indecency and pornography, universal access to Internet and Internet as a “human right”, government surveillance of the Internet, Internet privacy and security, and taxation of electronic commerce. It will also teach some fundamentals of Internet technology. Because these are inherently interdisciplinary issues, the course will include detailed discussions of technology, economics, and law, with no prerequisites in any of these areas. Senior or graduate standing required.

Last Modified: 2020-07-14 3:26PM

Semesters offered:

  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2020
  • Spring 2019
  • Fall 2017