Internet Architecture & Policy



This course, which is co-taught by Professors Stefan Bechtold and Timothy Roscoe will examine and critique the design of the Internet (broadly defined), with a focus on the connection between the engineering features and principles of the network (packet switching, global addressing, the end-to-end argument, etc.) and the legal, economic, and political concerns which have followed its evolution (security properties, censorship and censorship resistance, "net neutrality", etc.). No prior knowledge of networking technologies is required; conversely the course will focus only on those features of the Internet design which have strong political and legal implications (and vice versa). The course will be front-loaded with lectures and discussions led by the two professors involved to cover the space of Internet design. For ISTP Master students, 50% of the coursework will be an individual supervised case study by each student (or small group, depending on enrollment) examining one aspect of the current and/or future Internet in detail. This course is offered as part of the new Master of Science, Technology and Policy at ETH Zurich. In addition, it is offered as a seminar in the computer science master curriculum at ETH Zurich. It is also open to other ETH students.


Wed, 13-15h, UNO B 11

Course Program and Materials


Participation in the seminar involves the following:

  • Critical summary (~500 words) of each week's reading, together with answers to specific questions (2-3 pages);
  • Group discussion of each paper during the meetings.

Refer to the Course Program and Materials for instructions.


There is no formal examination at the end of the seminar. Each participant is continuously graded based on its participation in the discussions (20%) and the weekly reports (80%).