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Written by Nick Heer.

Biden Administration Hires Tim Wu and Lina Khan

Today’s Politico Playbook, maniacal capitalization corrected by yours truly:

President Joe Biden has decided to nominate Lina Khan, a Columbia University legal scholar championed by anti-Big Tech activists, to the Federal Trade Commission.

Along with the recent hiring of Tim Wu as an economic adviser inside the White House — also first reported in Playbook — the addition of Khan signals that Biden is poised to pursue an aggressive regulatory agenda when it comes to Amazon, Google, Facebook and other tech giants.

Wu joined the National Economic Council and is known for arguing in favour of net neutrality and against the huge power of large tech companies. Khan is perhaps best known for her contributions to the House Antitrust Subcommittee and her blockbuster 2017 piece about Amazon in the Yale Law Journal. These are two of the most respected voices in technology policy and I am looking forward to the work they will do.