Financial Times: Biden considers prominent tech critic for top government job

March 9, 2021 Media

The Biden administration is vetting Lina Khan, a prominent critic of large technology companies, for a senior government role in the latest sign that the US president intends to adopt an aggressive competition policy.

Two people with knowledge of the vetting process told the Financial Times that Khan had been chosen for a job in the federal government, most likely as a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission.

The news of her impending nomination, which was first reported by Politico, came days after the White House appointed Tim Wu, another well-known critic of Big Tech, as an adviser on competition policy.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment and has not confirmed Khan is under consideration, but the reports of her potential appointment have already drawn praise from progressives and criticism from Silicon Valley.

Sarah Miller, executive director of the American Economic Liberties Project, said: “Lina is the most knowledgeable person out there on how Big Tech companies have built their monopolies and how they have leveraged their market power in ways that disadvantage their competitors.”