Minecraft: Reporters Without Borders build The Uncensored Library to leak censored articles globally
Many repressive states censor government-critical articles and block citizens' access to the material. The Reporters Without Borders organization is now breaking new ground to make censored articles accessible to everyone. They just paste the material into an Uncensored Library within Minecraft.
Minecraft is still one of the most popular games in the world and is considered the most viewed game on YouTube in 2019. So its range is enormous. And: Even in repressive countries like Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Mexico, the game is accessible.
The non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders has now taken advantage of this fact. In cooperation with BlockWorks, they built the huge Uncensored Library into the sandbox game. And in the library, various censored articles by blocked human rights activists and the like are freely accessible and can therefore also be viewed by citizens of the countries mentioned. The Minecraft library is available worldwide and a clever idea of the organization to bypass the various censorship blocks.
The building was erected in less than three months and 12.5 million blocks were used. 24 programmers from 16 different countries came together for the project, the building created in 250 working hours is one of the most impressive in the whole game. The map can be downloaded here.
A C64 marked my entry into the world of PCs. I spent my student internship in the repair department of a computer shop and at the end of the day I was allowed to assemble my own 486 PC from “workshop remnants”. As a result of this, I later studied computer science at the Humboldt University in Berlin, with psychology also being added to my studies. After my first job as a research assistant at the university, I went to London for a year and worked for Sega in computer game translation quality assurance. This included working on games such as Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Company of Heroes. I have been writing for Notebookcheck since 2017.