|Address||35 Pratt Ave |
Dedham, Massachusetts , United States
|| July 06, 1977
|Last Modifed||Pennsylvania Historian|
Oct 13, 2018 01:50pm
Caucasian - Socialist - Very Liberal - Married - Censured - Disputed -
|Info||Brianna Wu is an American video game developer and computer programmer She co-founded Giant Spacekat, an independent video game development studio with Amanda Warner in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also a blogger and podcaster on matters relating to the video game industry, and is currently running for Congress. |
In October 2014, Wu posted multiple tweets about Gamergate advocates, ridiculing them for "fighting an apocalyptic future where women are 8 percent of programmers and not 3 percent.'' While she was monitoring 8chan's pro-Gamergate chanboard (/gg/), anonymous users posted sensitive personal information about her, including at least one post containing her address. Subsequently, Wu began receiving multiple, specific rape and death threats including her address, causing Wu to flee her home. These threats have been widely attributed to Gamergate supporters. In December Wu said that she had received emails that contained images of mutilated dogs from people who identified as Gamergate supporters, following the recent death of her dog.
Along with Anita Sarkeesian and Zoë Quinn, Wu was one of the targets of GamerGate harassment. In February 2015, she said, "by attacking me so viciously, they’re helping give me the visibility to usher in the very game industry they’re terrified about." Wu started a legal defense fund for women targeted by Gamergate. As of late 2014, the Wu family is also offering a cash reward for information leading to the prosecution of those who sent the death threats By February 2015 she said she was spending a full day a week contacting law enforcement, and was only attending events in the US with a security detail. In March 2015, she said she had received 48 death threats during the previous six months.
In early 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation closed its investigation of the matter. The FBI identified four men who sent threats and obtained confessions from two of them, one of whom stated that they had sent the threat as a "joke" but "understood that it was a federal crime to send a threatening communication to anyone and will never do it again." The U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts declined to prosecute, giving no specific reason. Reacting to the report, Wu stated the FBI did not care about the investigation and that she was "livid".