Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Former Think Tanker Lina Khan Now Chairing FTC

Before becoming Chairperson of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the Biden Administration, tech critic Lina Khan was a think tanker.  Here is some more from the New York Times:

One of Lina Khan’s first projects as a new staff member at an antitrust think tank in 2011 was researching the history of the market for books, which had increasingly been dominated by Amazon. It was an early, unpublished entry in a body of work that has since established her as a major critic of the tech giants and corporate concentration.

She spent the next 10 years honing her arguments, becoming a leading figure in a growing movement that calls for more aggressive policing of Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon.

Ms. Khan rose quickly to prominence. After a few years at the think tank in Washington — during which she wrote, among other things, about the failure to rein in concentration in chicken farming — she went to law school at Yale.


Although not directly mentioned in the piece, Khan was a fellow with the Open Markets Program at New America.  From 2011-2014, she was a policy analyst for the program, formerly known as the Markets, Enterprise, and Resiliency Initiative.

The Open Markets Institute applauded Khan's new job.