There are many countries across the globe where specific websites or social media pages are controlled by oppressive leaders, this much those behind the new Minecraft library know well. As a means of combating the manipulation going on in some places, this library could be a huge tool for many younger people across the world.
The Uncensored Library has made its home within Minecraft according to their website it was chosen to do things this way because Reporters Without Borders were able to use a loophole that allows them to ‘bring back the truth’ within the world’s most ‘successful computer game.’ This library was officially opened on March 12th which happened to also be the ‘World Day Against Cyber Censorship.’ This library can be accessed through a download opened within the game found on their website or connecting to The Uncensored Library’s server within Minecraft.
Even if you aren’t that into video games depending on where you live in the world accessing this library could be the difference between getting real information or being stuck unaware of what is actually happening in the world around you. Censored journalists can go here to write about important issues that their governments otherwise would not allow them to speak on and in the future, it is possible that more censored journalists may join this cause as well.
CNN reported as follows in regard to this library:
“In many countries around the world, there is no free access to information. Websites are blocked, independent newspapers are banned and the press is controlled by the state,” Christian Mihr, managing director of Reporters Without Borders Germany, said in a statement.
“Young people grow up without being able to form their own opinions. By using Minecraft, the world’s most popular computer game, as a medium, we give them access to independent information,” he added.
More than 145 million players are active on the platform each month, Reporters Without Borders said in a statement, adding that the platform offers “unlimited freedom” in countries that have no press freedom.
This all meaning that through using this game to get things situated Reporters Without Borders is able to offer freedom on some scale to those in places where ‘freedom’ at least on a press level is not present. Those who are unaware of what is happening in the world are going to be able to access this to learn more about the situations before them. I know, it might not sound like much to those who are in places not quite as censored but it truly is an enormous feat.
What do you think about all of this? To see a bit of this mind-blowing library check out the video below. I for one think this is a huge step towards something great for so many people.