New York, Oct. 26, 2012—Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu, a specialist in telecommunications law and a pioneer of the “net neutrality” theory, received the World Technology Award for Law on Oct. 23. The World Technology awards are given annually to 20 individuals and 10 organizations who are “doing the innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance in their fields,” according to World Technology Network (WTN). “They are those creating the 21st century.”
Wu, the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, was honored with this year’s award in the legal field. The award was presented to Wu during a ceremony at the Time & Life Building in New York City, at the conclusion of the two-day World Technology Summit.
Wu has long been hailed for his groundbreaking scholarship on network neutrality law and issues of Internet freedom. Last year, he worked as senior adviser to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), helping the government with emerging regulatory policies and cases involving the Internet and mobile markets. During weekly brainstorming sessions at the agency, Wu brought together a mix of lawyers, economists, and computer scientists, including the heads of FTC enforcement divisions. The mission, he recalled, was “to try to figure out how we wanted to deal with emerging competition and privacy problems in high-tech platform industries.”
His government service followed the wide acclaim generated by Wu’s book The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, which focuses on the history of modern communications. Wu currently teaches a course on copyright law and recently designed a new course, The Media Industries: Public Policy and Business Strategy, to introduce law and business students to the unusual regulatory and business conditions and challenges in the media industries.
The WTN is a curated, global membership community comprised of peer-selected leaders in the science and technology world. The organization has over 1,000 members spread out over 60 countries, in 20 different categories of endeavor.
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