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Tim Wu

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor

New York City

Tim Wu is a leading critic of excessive private power in the contemporary economy. A professor at Columbia Law School, he has previously worked in government and private industry. As an academic, Wu has written widely about a range of subjects, including the media industries, antitrust enforcement, copyright law and free speech. He served as a Senior Advisor to the Federal Trade Commission, as Chair of the media reform group Free Press, as a Fellow at Google and worked as the director of technical marketing at Riverstone Networks. He was a law clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court.

Wu rose to prominence for naming and popularizing the concept of network neutrality, and he has continued his work as a force in the fight for free and open networks and economies. He is the author of The Master Switch, the critically acclaimed account of the long cycles in the media and telecommunications industries. Wu has frequently testified before Congress as a leading expert in this field.

Wu has written for The New Yorker, The New Republic, Slate and T magazine. His contributions to public policy and legal scholarship have been recognized by Scientific American magazine, National Law Journal, 02138 Magazine, and the World Economic Forum, and has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing. In 2013 he was named one of America's 100 Most Influential Lawyers.

Wu was born Born in Washington, D.C. to a Taiwanese father and a British mother. He graduated from McGill University (B.Sc.), and Harvard Law School.

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