The media said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden plans to nominate prominent advocates for the spin-off of major technology companies into important regulatory positions, indicating that it will adopt a proactive antitrust stance.
According to reports, Columbia University law professor Lina Khan (Lina Khan) was nominated as a member of the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, which has certain powers over mergers and antitrust policies.
Khan’s appointment will follow the appointment of Tim Wu, another major technology critic, as an economic adviser to the White House.
Her appointment has not been announced, but reports from The Political, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post quoted sources as saying that she is holding the position.
Khan recently worked in a panel in the House of Representatives and drafted a lengthy report on large technology companies, providing reasons for breaking up some of the technology giants.
She also wrote a 2017 paper called “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox”, which outlined the dominance of e-commerce and technology giants.
The news came as opposition to the tech giants was growing, which occupied key economic sectors during the coronavirus pandemic and saw their influence grow.
Aurelien Portuese of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank that often reflects industry views, expressed concern about the report.
Portuese said in a statement: “Together with Tim Wu, who was recently appointed as the White House Competition and Technology Policy Advisor, Lena Khan has been playing a role in bringing populist antitrust views to the mainstream media and the public. ,” Portuese said in a statement. .
“When she helped write the House Antitrust Subcommittee’s report on large technology companies, her influence was strengthened. Khan’s antitrust populism could derail the implementation of traditional antitrust laws, thereby enhancing consumer interests. And an engine that promotes innovation.”
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