Joe Biden, Pakistani-origin Silicon Valley, Lina Khan, US FTC

Biden to nominate Pakistan-origin Silicon Valley critic Lina Khan to head US FTC

US President Joe Biden announced late Monday his intention to nominate the Pakistani-origin critic of ‘Big Tech’ and Silicon Valley, Lina Khan, to head the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) — an agency with authority over some mergers and antitrust policies.

A graduate of the Williams College and Yale Law School, Lina Khan is a legal scholar specialising in competition and antitrust law.

Khan — who is currently the associate law professor at the Columbia Law School — has previously worked for the Democratic members of the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

“Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Lina Khan for Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission,” the White House said in a statement issued Monday night.

At the Columbia Law School, Lina Khan “teaches and writes about antitrust law, infrastructure industries law, and the antimonopoly tradition”, it added.

As a counsel to the US House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, “she helped lead the Subcommittee’s investigation into digital markets”, the statement said.

The Subcommittee had last year released a lengthy report suggesting grounds for breaking up giants such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple.

“So very honored and humbled by this nomination,” she wrote on Twitter.

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