WASHINGTON – The Biden government announced the appointment of legal scholar, Lina Khan, as head of the Federal Trade Commission – signalling the current administration’s tough stance on Big Tech.
Khan was sworn in as FTC chair following the Senate’s confirmation of her as one of five members of the commission on a 69-28 vote.
“It is a tremendous honor to have been selected by President Biden to lead the Federal Trade Commission,” said Chair Khan. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to protect the public from corporate abuse.”
At 32, she is the youngest chair in the history of the FTC. Khan, an open critic of technology giants and a former professor at Columbia University Law School, became famous for her scholarly work entitled “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox” while still a law student at Yale.
Prior to her professorship, she served as counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law in 2019 and 2020, where she played a key role in a sweeping bipartisan investigation of the market power of the tech giants. She was also a legal adviser to FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra, and legal director at the Open Markets Institute.
Big Tech companies including the Big 5: Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google, as well as smaller tech companies (such as Robinhood) have faced scrutiny from regulators, the Congress and State Attorney generals.