Indie Developer Brianna Wu Aims For Congress in 2018

Why indie game developer Brianna Wu has her eyes set on a 2018 seat in Congress.
January 9, 2017 8:50 AM by Morgan Shaver

Indie developer Brianna Wu has been an active voice in the gaming community when it comes to standing up for what she believes in. As one of the most outspoken voices during the GamerGate controversy, Wu openly tackled the issues facing women within the gaming industry. During GamesBeat 2015, she revealed that as a result of her position during GamerGate, she wound up receiving over 180 death threats.

Aside from being an active political voice, Wu started up the indie studio SpaceKat in 2010 with Amanda Warner, before later releasing the title Revolution 60. Although blatant hostility towards Wu continues following her position in GamerGate, cyber-bullying is only one of the inspirations behind her Congress campaign. Opening up her official statement, Wu addressed the ongoing issue of online privacy and freedom in addition to fiscal and economic matters:

“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.”

“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.”

Along with her platform, Wu explained that should she officially announce her run for Congress, she'd take a step back from her position at SpaceKat. While Wu's bid for Congress remains unconfirmed, it seems highly likely that she'll end up sticking with it. However, whether or not she can win remains to be seen. In the end, love or hate Wu, she remains steadfast in her beliefs and her position, which in itself is admirable. It will certainly interesting to see if she secures a Democratic position in Congress next year.

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