Tim Wu is an author, policy advocate and professor at Columbia Law School. He is a fellow at the New America Foundation and a contributing editor at The New Republic. Wu's best-known work is the development of Net Neutrality theory, but he writes also about private power, free speech, copyright and antitrust. He has previously served as a senior advisor to the Federal Trade Commission, Chair of Media reform group at Free Press, as a fellow at Google, and worked for Riverstone Networks in the telecommunications industry. He was a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner and Justice Stephen Breyer.
In 2014, Wu ran as a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York. Though he lost the race, Wu received 40% of the popular vote. In a Washington Post interview discussing his candidacy, Wu described his approach to the campaign as one positioned against the concentration of private power: "A hundred years ago, antitrust and merger enforcement was front page news. And we live in another era of enormous private concentration. And for some reason we call all these 'wonky issues.' They're not, really. They affect people more than half a dozen other issues. Day to day, people's lives are affected by concentration and infrastructure.... You can expect a progressive-style, trust-busting kind of campaign out of me. And I fully intend to bridge that gap between the kind of typical issues in electoral politics and questions involving private power."
Wu writes regularly for the New Yorker, The New Republic and T Magazine, has been recognized by Scientific American, National Law Journal, 02138 Magazine, the World Economic Forum, and has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing.
Wu graduated with a B.S. from McGill University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.