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FILE - In this July 25, 2016 file photo Brianna Wu, a software engineer and video-game developer, sits at her workstation in Boston. Wu, the co-founder of a gaming software company who made headlines two years ago when she was threatened, said she wants to run for one of Massachusetts' nine U.S. House seats. Wu said her platform will focus on privacy rights and online harassment. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Brianna Wu, a target of 'GamerGate' online harassment, said she plans to run for Congress


In the gaming world, Massachusetts game developer Brianna Wu is known for taking on the online campaign known as GamerGate, which began in 2014 and is known for harassing women in the gaming industry. 

Now, Wu says she's ready to take on Washington and plans to run for Congress in 2018, according to CNN Money

Wu, who is the co-founder of the gaming firm Giant Spacekat, hasn't formally announced her candidacy or who she would run against.

She, however, told Boston magazine she wouldn't be running against fellow Democrat Katherine Clark, who has helped push for more legislation to crack down on the kinds of online abuse Wu faced.

Wu has been a target of GamerGate and received hundreds of death threats, which forced her to flee her Boston-area home in 2014, according to Boston magazine. 

Since the online harassment began, Wu has called on authorities to take online threats more seriously and has advocated for new legislation to protect victims like herself.

Wu told CNN the election of Donald Trump led her to consider running for office. 

"I'm not going to feel good about making games for the next four years with Donald Trump in the White House," Wu told CNN Money. "I wouldn't feel good about making things to distract us when so many terrible things are going on."

If she runs for office, Wu told the Boston Globe her top priorities would be to "focus on higher wages, stronger unions, and 'the thing people need most --  more money in their bank account.'"

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