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Tim Wu / The Curse of Bigness Revisited
In the early 20th century, Louis Brandeis first asked whether concentrated industrial power posed a fundamental threat to American democracy. This lecture asks whether we face the same fundamental problem in the early 21st century, and discusses the relationship between democracy and industrial concentration, the Constitution's approach to private power, and the intended political role of the anti-trust laws is protecting representative democracy.
TIM WU is an author, policy advocate, and professor at Columbia Law School. Wu's
best known work is the development of Net Neutrality theory, but he also writes about
private power, free speech, copyright, and antitrust. His books The Master Switch and The
Attention Merchants have won wide recognition and awards.
He has worked in academia, federal and state governments. He worked at the White House for the National Economic Council; at the Federal Trade Commission, for the New York Attorney General’ as a fellow at Google, and for RiverstoneNetworks in the telecommunications industry. He was a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner and Justice Stephen Breyer. He graduated from McGill University (B.Sc.), and Harvard Law School.
Wu is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and was formerly a contributing writer at NewYorker.com and contributing editor at the New Republic. He has been named to the Politico 50 twice, to America’s 100 most influential lawyers, and also won awards from Scientific American magazine, National Law Journal, and 02138 Magazine. He has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing and in 2017 he was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.