Making the tech boys nervous
Amazon and Facebook get defensive
Bullies
London-born, Yale-educated
Hipster antitrust
Free competition, innovation and worker's  rights
Amazon's Antitrust Paradox
Rules for a free market
Antitrust laws for the digital age
Fair competition
It's a jungle out there...
All the money in the world
'We're not robots'
Overworked, underpaid
For the union make us strong...
A long way to go
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Lina Khan, the millennial lawyer that makes Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg tremble
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Making the tech boys nervous

Columbia University Law professor Lina Khan became Chairperson of the Federal Trade Commission in June 2021, the youngest to date, at only age 31. An academic known for her influential essay ‘Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox’, this millennial is making the big boys of tech nervous.

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Lina Khan, the millennial lawyer that makes Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg tremble
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Amazon and Facebook get defensive

Not long after being appointed to lead the Federal Trade Commission, Amazon and Facebook filed petitions to disqualify the FTC from investigating the companies, citing Khan’s previous antitrust views as proof that she couldn’t be unbiased to them.

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Bullies

US Senator Elizabeth Warren and other supporters of Khan dismissed the recusal, arguing that big tech companies were seeking to ‘bully’ the chairwoman.

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London-born, Yale-educated

Lina Khan was born in London, England, in 1989 to Pakistani parents. Her family moved to the United States when she was 11. She went on to study at Williams College and Yale University.

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Hipster antitrust

Khan has identified herself as being part of the New Brandeis Movement, also called ‘Hipster antitrust’. They argue that modern antitrust laws are too focused on market prices and consumer rights and not on the unfair advantages monopolies and oligopolies have in competition.

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Free competition, innovation and worker's rights

The name comes from early 20th century US Supreme Justice Louis Brandeis, a champion of antitrust laws who considered that no company should be too dominant within their respective market since it harmed free competition, innovation, and worker’s rights.

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Amazon's Antitrust Paradox

This is exemplified in Khan’s scholarly paper ‘Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox’. The New York Times described her paper, published in 2017 in the Yale Law Journal, as “redefining decades of monopoly law”.

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Rules for a free market

Khan argued that just because a large, dominant company keeps the prices low and the customers happy, then it shouldn't be given a free pass to be powerful enough to dictate the rules of the market.

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Antitrust laws for the digital age

According to The Guardian, Khan claimed in her paper that the rise of tech megacorporations such as Google, Facebook, and, above all, Amazon, were proof that antitrust laws in the US had to change for the digital age.

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Fair competition

“The long-term interests of consumers include product quality, variety, and innovation – factors best promoted through both a robust competitive process and open markets,” the FTC Chairperson wrote.

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It's a jungle out there...

It’s no secret that Amazon has become Khan’s main target. The online retail giant founded by Jeff Bezos employs over half a million people and powers a good deal of the internet itself through its cloud computing division, as The New York Times points out.

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All the money in the world

Amazon briefly became the second corporation in the world to be worth over one trillion US dollars. To put that into perspective, the company’s revenue overpassed the money made by Twitter, Facebook, and Google put together.

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'We're not robots'

The online retail company founded by Jeff Bezos has also faced harsh criticism over the treatment of its employees, with accusations of record-time delivery rates put above the well-being of the workers.

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Overworked, underpaid

An article penned by The Guardian back in March 2021 describes Amazon drivers working 14-hour work shifts with no bathroom breaks, and the situation in the warehouses doesn’t seem any better.

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For the union make us strong...

The company has also become well-known for its anti-union policies. It was only in April 2022 that the first unionized Amazon warehouse was approved, after years of legal confrontations.

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A long way to go

The new Chairperson of the Federal Trade Commission had a promising start, approving rewrites of merger laws to make corporate consolidation tougher. She has expressed interest in data privacy and regulating how tech companies make use of it. Let's see how far can Lina Khan go.

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