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Tech critic Tim Wu joins Biden admin as tech competition adviser

Added 03-05-21 01:10:03pm EST - “The nod indicates that the new administration isn't planning to go easy on tech.” - Arstechnica.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Arstechnica.com: “Tech critic Tim Wu joins Biden admin as tech competition adviser”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Longtime tech critic Tim Wu is joining the Biden administration as an adviser on technology and competition, a signal that the White House is likely to push for policies that rein in Big Tech.

Wu will be serving on the National Economic Council as special assistant to the president for technology and competition policy, the White House said this morning. Wu confirmed the news in a tweet.

Wu is best known in tech circles as the man who coined the term "net neutrality" in the early 2000s. He's held several positions at the federal level before, including advisory roles with both the Federal Trade Commission and the National Economic Council. He has also been a full professor at Columbia University law school since 2006, where he teaches First Amendment and antitrust law.

His 2010 book The Master Switch argued that the open Internet as we knew it was barreling toward a closed-off, walled-garden future. In 2018 he published another book, The Curse of Bignessem, in which he argued that US regulators' failure to enforce antitrust laws had led to "a new gilded age" and all its attendant problems.

Several prominent progressive Democratic lawmakers applauded the move. "Tim has been a longtime antitrust advocate, and he has pushed public officials to break up and rein in Big Tech," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who called for Big Tech breakups during her unsuccessful presidential primary run in 2019. "I’m glad to see him in this role."

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