John McAfee, founder of computer antivirus software company McAfee Associates and computer security device firm Future Tense Central, has announced he will seek the presidency in 2016 as the candidate of the Cyber Party. His website McAfee16.com went live Tuesday evening.
According to CNN, McAfee said he “decided to run after being encouraged by ‘almost everyone’ he knows and meets.” He said, “I have a huge underground following on the web. I promise you I will win because I have the votes.”
He said privacy will be the centerpiece of his campaign, saying, “We are losing privacy at an alarming rate — we have none left. We’ve given up so much for the illusion of security and our government is simply dysfunctional.” McAfee said the U.S. government “lacks an understanding of the basic technology that runs the world.”
McAfee’s wealth peaked at about $100 million before the 2008 financial crash. It is now estimated at about $4 million.