Reporters Without Borders is using a library in Minecraft to bypass government censorship

In South Africa, we are pretty lucky with our freedom to information and a free press. However, in countries like Egypt, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam, journalists have ended up banned, jailed, exiled or killed for their work.

Reporters Without Borders, an international non-profit organisation, has partnered up with BlockWorks to create a virtual library in Minecraft that contains various bodies of work that are censored, bypassing local restrictions.

The library is hosted on an open server and contains journals and articles that are censored in their country of origin. The massive library that holds these books took 24 builders across 16 countries to build.

By being in a game which is easily accessible, this creates a loophole that allows for press freedom away from government surveillance technology. The books can be read by anyone that logs in, but they cannot be altered.

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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