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Tim Wu

Tim Wu’s areas of expertise include antitrust, copyright, and communications law. He has worked with the White House National Economic Council, the Federal Trade Commission, and in the Silicon Valley telecommunications industry. While on leave from Columbia Law, Wu also served as Senior Enforcement Counsel and Special Advisor to the New York State Office of the Attorney General.

Wu famously coined the term “net neutrality” in 2002 to describe his view of how information traffic should flow through the internet—not blocked, sped up, or slowed down based on paid prioritization or other preferences. Since the fall of 2017, when the Federal Communications Commission announced it would eliminate net neutrality, Wu has become a leading critic.

Wu is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires and The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside our Heads. He is also a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and writes regularly for The New Yorker magazine. He has been named one of America’s 100 most influential lawyers by The National Law Journal and has appeared several times on Politico’s list of the 50 most influential figures in American politics. In 2012, Wu was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.