In many countries it is very difficult to access information. Not to mention the mainstream media, blogs and other websites are also censored. On the occasion of International Day Against Internet Censorship, the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) association achieved a brilliant workaround yesterday using the famous video game Minecraft.
Indeed, Reporters Without Borders has built a veritable virtual library in the world of Minecraft. This impressive cube-by-cube building allows players from around the world and especially from countries affected by censorship to find inaccessible articles and documents through standard web search. You can access it very simply via the uncensoredlibrary.com site.
This massive library contains many works “containing articles censored in their country of origin. They’re available again today, where government surveillance technology can’t reach them: inside a video game. “
Since its launch in 2011, Minecraft continues to federate a huge community with an extremely simple concept that leaves room for the creativity of the player. To date, Minecraft has 145 million active players every month, making it one of the most popular video games. The main advantage of Minecraft is that it remains accessible worldwide, unlike blogs and other news sites that can quickly come up against censorship.
The association has asked for help from BlockWorks, an internationally renowned design and consulting studio that uses Minecraft to make this happen. On the Reporters Without Borders website, it says: “The construction took three months and the library is made up of more than 12.5 million blocks. Its design and creation required more than 250 hours of work from 24 manufacturers from 16 countries. The main dome of the building is almost 300 meters wide, which would make it the second largest in the world. “