Tim Wu, not the biggest Apple critic, is leaving Biden's antitrust team

From Bloomberg's "Biden Adviser Tim Wu to Leave After Shaping Antitrust Policy" posted Tuesday:

White House adviser Tim Wu, who worked to shape the Biden administration’s agenda to increase economic competition, is set to leave his position in the coming months, according to people familiar with the move...

Wu, who coined the term “net neutrality,” rose to prominence as one of the most aggressive critics of the major technology and telecom companies, arguing that they had a stranglehold over the economy that was hurting smaller companies and consumers. In early 2020, Wu offered his signature warning: “Antitrust winter is over,” after which Biden brought him into the administration.

In his role at the National Economic Council, Wu helped to lead the Biden administration’s antitrust policies aimed at the largest technology companies, while working with agencies to identify regulations they could use to fight corporate dominance. The executive order created a new competition council led by the head of the NEC, a proposal that Wu had first called for in 2020.

My take: As I wrote eight months ago, when Wu joined the White House...

Having a good heart matters to Wu. Facebook and Amazon probably have more to fear from him than Google and Apple.

See also: Does Apple have to worry about Tim Wu?


  1. Jerry Doyle said:
    Time will reveal that the Biden administration’s agenda to increase economic competition had little to no effect in the way big tech operates on the economic landscape. Mr. Wu simply is abandoning ship now so that later when the fruits of his and others’ labor do not bud forth the results all that they claim they would do that he then can point back and say, “… I wasn’t there to see it carried through properly. Its’ their failure, not mine.”

    August 3, 2022
  2. Michael Goldfeder said:
    Now Lina is all alone in the wilderness struggling to accomplish anything set forth in her law school term paper.

    August 3, 2022
  3. Wu will be more effective at bringing about change in his new role. The US high tech industry generates ideas and profits the rest of the world envies. Unfortunately the US government barely stays afloat as a leaky, creaky old vessel whose captain may even still rely on a sextant and paper charts. The CHIPS and Science Act, promises to steer the US economy on a GPS-guided course to maybe 5 nm chip production and new battery plants, in maybe 5 years. If the next government does not refuse to fund CHIPS out of spite.

    August 3, 2022

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