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Game developer Brianna Wu plans to run for Congress in 2018

12/22/16

Brianna Wu, a game developer who stood up for women facing harassment in the game industry, has decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. She hasn’t officially announced she will run yet, but she posted the picture below on her Facebook page earlier today. And she confirmed via email that she is serious.

Wu, a Democrat, said the campaign hasn’t officially kicked off yet, but she is assembling a team of advisers to help set her agenda.

“My main agenda will be economic. Here in Massachusetts, taxpayers spend an amazing amount on subsidizing education – particularly with infrastructure. But then students and entrepreneurs take that investment by our state to San Francisco or Austin,” she said. “I think we can do a much better job keeping startups here in our state. Also, look at the game industry, which has been devastated here in Boston with the loss of Irrational and others.

“I’d hope to serve on the House technology subcommittee. It was very disturbing to me to see members of the House tie the Mirai botnet (malware that hijacks computers) to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), simply parroting special interests. It’s an example of how our tech policy doesn’t serve the American people. We need people making policy that actually understand technology, that understand the assault on our privacy. It’s a national security issue, and we’re failing badly.”

The image in the campaign poster says, “She fought the Alt.Right and won. Now she’s fighting for all of us. Fearless leadership for 2018.”

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