Published on November 10th, 2012 | by Tomas
Freedom of Information: The Game
Freedom of Information is about your right to know. This fun puzzle game explores processes & tensions of a journalist getting the facts.
Welcome to the age of information – all you have to do is get it. This game was inspired by a session at the Society of Editors event on 11th-13th November 2012:
In the public interest… but why won’t they tell us? Members of the public have a right to know, but journalists are finding it increasingly difficult to get answers to the simplest of questions on their behalf. A creeping control culture means that face-to-face contact, and even telephone calls are being replaced by carefully managed email exchanges. De-humanised, sterile, and obstructive, this trend poses a serious threat to journalism and genuine transparency – at all levels.
What we looked at was a two stage process – the first was getting your Freedom of Information (FOI) request approved. This a rock-paper-scissors type game where the competing pressures of the Cost of Request, the Review of Request and the Information Commissioner are put to work to get the information out. Second is then sifting through your obtained FOI to see what lies beyond the redacted information. Once both stages are completed, then you’re finally able to write a story with the remaining time.
This game took us about 2 days to make from start to what you see here. The game uses HTML5 so you do need a current web-browser or play on an iOS or Android device. If you can’t see the game (below) then click here for help. There is a direct link to the game at bit.ly/foithegame and all of the instructions you need to play are built within it. The game has eight levels of puzzle fun – see if you can get all of the secret documents in FOI: The Game.
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Some blogging systems (such as WordPress.com) currently don’t let you embed a HTML5 object, so if you use such a system and want to embed the game, you’ll need to do so via an image and a link:
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