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Prométhée Spathis
Head of the CNI program at SU

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Internet Governance


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Credit Points (ECTS): 6 Module-ID: MU5IN052
University: Sorbonne Université Department: Master Informatique


Prerequisites for Participation

Interest for multidisciplinary research; Interest for Internet politics and policies

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students who have successfully finished this module will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the Internet is governed, who sets its norms, rules and protocols, how and for which objectives, and how its technical, legal, political, economical and social norms are implemented, articulated and enforced;
  • Demonstrate an understanding on main European and French internet related legislation and policies;
  • Understand and critically assess global cyber-norms w.r.t. human rights, democracy and the rule of law;
  • Undertake multidisciplinary research and assessment work.


Internet technical governance cannot anymore be dissociated from its political governing and the regulation of the network usages. Internet governance deals with institutions, regimes, policies, human actors and technical artifacts governing the Internet infrastructure, its applications and services, as well as content and activities deployed via the network.
The aim of this course is to acquire the fundamentals and the analytical and methodological keys related to technical, economical, legal, ethical and political stakes in the governance of the Internet and of its usages, as well as to the wide range of involved public and private interests. The French, European and Global contexts will be introduced and analyzed.  Main issues, policies and political debates related to the Internet that will be studied and critically assessed include: online platforms regulation, liability of intermediaries, content regulation, privacy and personal data protection, cybercrime and cybersecurity, access to information, intellectual property, governance of infrastructure and critical resources, network neutrality, power relationships and geopolitics.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • 2h weekly hours lecture
  • 2h weekly hours integrated interactive tutorials (problem solving, assignments discussion, lab sessions)

Assessment and Grading Procedures

There will be a single exam, taking the form of a research project on a given case study chosen among a list provided by the teacher. The research results will be presented through both a written research report (4000 to 5000 words) and a 30 minutes presentation with slides, to be discussed in the classroom by the teacher as well as by fellow students.  Students will be given a 3 months period to work on their research project at their own pace. One month after the start, they will have to orally present the main outlines and bibliographical references for their research report, with the objective to check with the teacher whether the work is on the right track.

Workload calculation (contact hours, homework, exam preparation,..)

  • 4h weekly contact hours x 14 weeks = 56 h
  • 5h weekly hours preparation and afterwork x 14 weeks = 70 h
  • Exams preparation: 24h
  • Total: 150 h

Frequency and dates

Offered every Fall semester:

  • Classes start mid-September and end end-January;
  • Makeup exam for those who failed the first session in next September.

Max. Number of Participants


Enrolment Procedures

Request to the head of CNI program

Recommended Reading, Course Material

Most relevant documentation will be indicated in due time during the course. The students will also have to identify their own bibliography specifically related to their research project. The sequel is a list of relevant academic blogs, documents databases, organizations initiatives or projects, providing up to date information and commentary: