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Game Developer Brianna Wu Running for US Congress in 2018

Game developer Brianna Wu is a very recognizable name in the gaming industry. Unfortunately she is so very recognizable because she was one of the main targets of the hate group that called themselves GamerGate. Wu was relentlessly harassed on social media and she received numerous death threats.

She stood up against GamerGate, and now she wants to stand up for women in the tech industry in Congress. VentureBeat said that Wu confirmed to them that she is serious about a run for the U.S. House of Representatives, and while she hasn’t officially announced her run yet, she is currently assembling a team of advisers. To that team, she plans to add legal experts on cyber-bulling and revenge porn.

Wu posted a picture teasing her run to her Facebook page. The image reads “She fought the Alt-Right and Won. Now She’s Fighting for All of Us.”

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“The reason I decided to run is simple: [President-elect Donald] Trump is terrifyingly now in the White House. I can’t sit by making pleasant video game distractions for the next four years while the constitution is under assault. Hillary [Clinton] ran a brave marathon, and now it’s time for women of my generation to pick up that baton and commit to public service,” Wu told VentureBeat.

This morning Wu posted a series of tweets further explaining why she thinks running for office is the next step in fighting the harassment that women face.

In her interview with VentureBeat, Wu says her agenda will be mostly economic, and that she will focus on helping secure funding for more start-up tech companies in Massachusetts. She also has her sights set on serving on the House’s technology subcommittee. For more details on her plans, check out the rest of her interview with VentureBeat.

Caylie Sadin
Caylie is a writer and all around nerd. She started reading fantasy novels when she was 8, which naturally led her into playing DnD. Her favorite video game series is Dragon Age and her favorite book is “The Name of the Wind.”
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Caylie Sadin
Caylie is a writer and all around nerd. She started reading fantasy novels when she was 8, which naturally led her into playing DnD. Her favorite video game series is Dragon Age and her favorite book is "The Name of the Wind."

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