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Timothy Wu

  • Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology
  • Full-time faculty

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1998
B.sc., McGill University, 1995

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Fields of study
  • Constitutional law, regulation and public order
  • Intellectual property and technology
areas of expertise

Communication law and policy
Antitrust law
Copyright ©
First amendment
The merger
Media industry

Well known for coining the term Net neutrality in 2002 and advocates equal access to the Internet. Tim Wu writes and teaches on private power, free speech and information warfare. In recent years he has been a leader in the revival of American antitrust law, with a particular focus on the growing power of major technology platforms. His proposals to break up the technology, adopted by the candidates, were an integral part of the 2020 presidential debate.

Wu has been a professor at Columbia Law School since 2006 and also holds public service positions. He was Enforcement Counsel in the New York Attorney General, worked on competition policy for the National Economic Council for the Obama White House, and worked on antitrust enforcement for the Federal Trade Commission. In 2014, Wu was a Democratic primary candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York.

In his latest book The Curse of Greatness: Antitrust Law in the New Gilded Age (2018) he argues that the concentration of business and industry can lead to the rise of populism, nationalism and extremist politicians. Belong to his earlier books Attention dealers: The epic scramble to get inside our heads (2016), The master switch: the rise and fall of information empires (2010), and Who controls the internet? Illusions of a limitless world (2006), co-authored with Jack Goldsmith.

Wu is a contributing opinion maker for The New York Times and has also written for slate , The New-Yorker , and The Washington Post . He once explained to late night host Stephen Colbert. the concept of net neutrality while he was riding a roller coaster . He was named one of America's 100 Most Influential Lawyers National legal newspaper ; was taken Political ' so List of 50 most influential figures in American politics (more than once) and was included in the Scientific American 50 political leadership. He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions.

Wu is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was the clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer of the US Supreme Court and Justice Richard Posner of the US Court of Appeals for the 7th District.

Wu is currently on leave and serves in the federal government.


  • The Curse of Greatness: Antitrust Law in the New Gilded Age , Columbia Global Reports, 2018
  • Respect dealers, Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
  • The master switch: the rise and fall of information empires , Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
  • Who controls the internet , Oxford University Press, 2006

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