Top Net Neutrality Expert Joins FTC

February 9, 2011 -

Columbia University law school professor, author of the book "The Master Switch," and the man that coined the phrase "net neutrality," will join the Federal Trade Commission as a senior advisor. Tim Wu will take a leave of absence from the university to take up the new post at the FTC. Wu who is considered one of the country's top net neutrality experts, recently wrote "The Master Switch," a book that examines monopolies in the information communications sector. He is also a former chairman of media reform organization Free Press.

"I think there are critical periods in industry formation where there is a strong need for a public voice" Wu said in a statement. "The Internet platform has given rise to new and hard problems of privacy, data retention, deceptive advertising, billing practices, standard-setting and vertical foreclosure just to name a few."

WU begins his job at the FTC on February 14. He will serve in the agency's Office of Policy Planning.

Source: Washington Post


 
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