Tim Wu – the Columbia law professor who coined the term “net neutrality” – is join the Biden administration, where he will work on technology and competition policy at the National Economic Council.
Glad to say I’m joining the Biden White House to work on technology and competition policy at the National Economic Council. Put that Twitter thread on hold for now – so long!
– Tim Wu (@superwuster) March 5, 2021
Wu is a leading voice online, as one of the best-known advocates of a free and open Internet. He has spent years championing the concept of Net Neutrality – the idea that the Internet should be free from any restriction or control by the government or the companies that provide it.
He has also been a leading voice in recent years on the subject of antitrust regulation against big tech companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon, arguing that these companies have outgrown and lack competition.
His 2018 book, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Golden Age, argues for a return to the antitrust break-ups of the twentieth century in the style of Teddy Roosevelt. “I think everyone is moving away from monopolies, and I think it hurts innovation in the technology sector,” Wu said in a statement. Vergecast interview at the time.
Wu’s choice is important, indicating that the Biden administration is looking to more aggressively try to curb the ever-growing power of big tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook. In a statement, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) applauded the choice, “I look forward to working with Tim to modernize antitrust enforcement, strengthen our economy, and protect workers and consumers.”