When It Comes to Tech, Politicians Are Doing a Terrible Job

When It Comes to Tech, Politicians Are Doing a Terrible Job

That’s why Brianna Wu—a video game developer and cyber security expert—is running for congress.

Facebook
Twitter
Email
Flipboard
Pocket

Every week on Next Left, we talk to candidates who break the mold, who do politics differently and who, we think, have something to say about where campaigns and elections are headed. Many of these candidates come at politics from different directions than traditional contenders—that’s certainly true of Brianna Wu.

Born in West Virginia and raised in Mississippi, she came of age in a conservative environment. But then she got into video games, and her life changed. She became a gamer, and a designer of games. She cofounded the company Giant Spacecat and developed game concepts featuring female protagonists. She found success. But she’s also had to battle sexism in the industry and society.

Her experiences have made Brianna Wu a savvy risk taker. So it wasn’t a total surprise that, after Donald Trump became president, she took the risk of entering politics. She challenged an entrenched Democratic incumbent in a Massachusetts congressional primary. Wu did not win. But she learned a lot, and she’s back in the running again for 2020.

On this week’s episode of Next Left, we talk with Wu about video games and political games—and find a few unexpected connections.

Subscribe to Next Left on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

* * *

Show Notes

I Ran for Congress. I Lost. I’m Persisting. Quitting Is Not an Option in the Trump Era. Marie Claire, Brianna Wu

Senator Warren is onto something: The best way to protect the tech industry is to break it up, Boston Globe, Brianna Wu

The Vicious Attacks of GamerGate Are the Norm for Women on the Internet, In These Times, Sady Doyle

Gamergate and Its Victims Hated the Law & Order Gamergate Episode, Jezebel, Anna Merlan

Thank you for reading The Nation!

We hope you enjoyed the story you just read, just one of the many incisive, deeply reported articles we publish daily. Now more than ever, we need fearless journalism that moves the needle on important issues, uncovers malfeasance and corruption, and uplifts voices and perspectives that often go unheard in mainstream media.

Donate right now and help us hold the powerful accountable, shine a light on issues that would otherwise be swept under the rug, and build a more just and equitable future.

For nearly 160 years, The Nation has stood for truth, justice, and moral clarity. As a reader-supported publication, we are not beholden to the whims of advertisers or a corporate owner. But it does take financial resources to report on stories that may take weeks or months to investigate, thoroughly edit and fact-check articles, and get our stories to readers like you.

Donate today and stand with us for a better future. Thank you for being a supporter of independent journalism.

Thank you for your generosity.

Ad Policy
x