#Hacked

Read about the project on al Jazeera here, or start your investigation at this link.

Hacked Syria's Electronic Armies 3

#HACKED: Syria’s Electronic Armies takes you deep into the Syrian cyber war by presenting investigative journalism in game format. It comes in form of a mobile phone web app based on Juliana’s People & Power documentary with the same name.

You are tasked with collecting as much information as possible in a limited amount of time by contacting activists, hackers and coders all of whom were encountered during the making of the film. You face a number of decisions, including whether or not you should pay hackers for vital information, when you should go undercover online and whether you will allow interviewees to disguise their identity to keep them safe.

Hacked was produced with an all-female team: Juliana Ruhfus, Nataly Rios Goice, Creative Consultant at Conducttr, and designers Ilze Juhnevica and Zahar Warsame.

Hacked was produced with an all-female team: Juliana Ruhfus, Nataly Rios Goice, Creative Consultant at Conducttr, and designers Ilze Juhnevica and Zahar Warsame.

Most crucially, however, you must investigate without being hacked. From being tricked into clicking infected links to blackmail attempts, every hack in the app is based on a real hack that has taken place. Texts from hackers have been taken from court documents and the social engineering that is used in the simulated hacks, for example the use of avatars who entice the user to click on something, are all based on real events.

#HACKED is the follow up to Pirate Fishing, and continues Juliana’s quest to present programming content in innovative ways to reach new audiences.The goal is to reach new audiences for investigative journalism by turning passive consumers into active users.

The web app doesn’t require downloading and can be played on computers but is designed specifically for mobile phones.

A beta version of #Hacked is exhibited on giant touchscreens at Sheffield International Film Festival where it was selected for competition.

A beta version of #Hacked is exhibited on giant touchscreens at Sheffield International Film Festival.

A preview version of #HACKED: Syria’s Electronic Armies: Syria’s Electronic Armies was selected for the Alternate Realities Exhibition at Sheffield International Documentary Festival in June this year, and nominated for an Alternate Realities Award.

During the launch of #Hacked Al Jazeera organised a Facebook Live with hacker Peter Fein where viewers were invited to ask him questions. Watch here.

You can read Juliana’s Medium piece about the process of creating an interactive investigation here. You can also read journalism.co.uk’s report on #Hacked here.

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