In an exciting new development, US President Joe Biden has appointed Lina Khan as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
At the age of 32, she is a Big Tech critic from Pakistani-origin, and is now the youngest chair in the history of the federal antitrust watchdog. Khan was sworn in after Senate’s confirmation as one of the five members of the governing body. She won against other nominees by 69-28 votes.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren complimented Lina on her achievement. She thinks that the government will make a big change by fighting monopolies that are a threat to the economy.
Lina Khan was born to Pakistani parents in London, who later moved to the USA when she was only 11 years old.
She has served as a professor at the Columbia University Law School and first gained attention for her work on ‘Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox’ as a Law student at Yale University in 2017.
In 2019 and 2020, she laid the foundation for new means of practicing the antitrust laws, while serving as counsel to a House Judiciary antitrust panel. Lina also played a significant role in an investigation of the market power of tech giants that caused problems for the American government.
She was a legal advisor to FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra, and before that, worked as a legal director at Open Markets Institute.
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