Mechanics - Scenarios + Challenge Cards

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Generic Challenge Cards

  • There is no law in your country against online blackmail, extortion, or threats.
  • When you go to report the problem to the police, they tell you there’s nothing they can do until something “real” happens and suggest you just go offline.
  • Whoever has it in for you is great at making memes.
  • You post screenshots of threats you received, and your social media platform says you violated community standards and temporarily locks you out of your account instead of taking action against the person who threatened you.
  • You come from a conservative family and community, and they blame you for what is happening.
  • You report the person who is doing this to you on your social media platform and get this reply: “This is not a violation of our community standards.”
  • You get reported and locked out of your own account..
  • You are queer. But no one in your family and your work place knows about it. If this gets out, you´re in trouble.
  • Someone posts private information about you: your address, your location, your work place.
  • Nude pictures of you are released on social media.
  • Memes to slut and body shame you seem to be everywhere.
  • Your photos accompanied by derogatory remarks that attack both your person and your values are circulated.
  • Accounts using your name and photos are posting rude, racist, misogynist comments on people’s social media and on your organisation’s page.
  • One of your donors/clients followed a fake account thinking it was you, now they are emailing you demanding an explanation.
  • Someone has contacted your social media community one by one, sending each follower a link with false information about you.

There are specific Challenge Cards for each scenario.

1. Blackmailed to Go Back

This scenario is taken from here: https://www.takebackthetech.net/know-more/blackmail

Scenario Card (printed on a card with copies given to all teams, or projected on the wall, or written on butcher paper)

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An ex-partner is threatening to expose your naked pictures on the internet if you don´t get back together with them. You are desperate for a solution.

Challenge Cards for Blackmailed to Go Back

  1. There is no law in your country against blackmail and extortion online.
  2. Your family and friends are conservative, and will blame you for having nude pictures.
  3. Your Ex just messaged you. The phone with your pictures was stolen! They’ve lost control over your photos!
  4. Your photos are released on social media.
  5. Your Ex´s followers have created memes, using your pictures, to slut and body shame you.
  6. Blank Challenge: The Public decides what the Challenge is.

2. Trolled on Twitter

Scenario Card (printed on a card with copies given to all teams, or projected on the wall, or written on butcher paper)

You are a feminist activist. You are opposed to the misogynistic and bigoted statements that your current President has made. You appeared in a video that went viral, criticising the President. Now, there is a Twitter mob against you.

Challenge Cards for Trolled on Twitter

  1. Twitter responds to your reports stating there is no violation of community standards.
  2. You are queer. But no one in your family and your work place knows about it. If this gets out, you´re in trouble.
  3. Your photos are made into memes with derogatory remarks that attack both your person and your values. They get circulated.
  4. A local celebrity just re-tweeted a meme against you.
  5. Someone posts private information about you: Your address, your location, your work place.
  6. Blank Challenge Card: The Public decides what the Challenge is.

3. Faked on Facebook

Scenario Card (printed on a card with copies given to all teams, or projected on the wall, or written on butcher paper)

Someone is screen-grabbing all of your photos on Facebook, and has created accounts using them, with your name. You don’t know how many accounts there are or why this is happening. And you don’t know how to make it stop.

Challenge Cards for Faked on Facebook

  1. Some of the accounts using your name and photos are posting rude, misogynist, racist comments.
  2. One of your donors/clients followed a fake account because they thought it was you. Now your donor/client is emailing you demanding an explanation.
  3. The fake accounts in your name have real information about you.
  4. A fake account in your name and with your photos is posting obscene photos on your organisation’s Facebook wall.
  5. You have been locked out of Facebook. You’ve lost access to your Facebook account.
  6. Blank Challenge Card: The Public decides what the Challenge is.

4. Porn Pretender

Scenario Card (printed on a card with copies given to all teams, or projected on the wall, or written on butcher paper)

You’ve just been informed by a friend that a video with someone that looks a lot like you is circulating on a do-it-yourself porn site with your first name, city and profession, and the number of views is rising.

Challenge Cards for Porn Pretender

  1. The video starts out with you, but the explicit scenes are with someone who only looks like you.
  2. The site Terms of Service say consent of all subjects must be obtained before uploading. You report the video and say it does not have your consent, but they still haven’t taken it down.
  3. The video is being picked up and promoted by other porn sites.
  4. Someone just tweeted your handle with a link to the video.
  5. Men on the street are leering at you and say they’ve seen your video.
  6. Blank Challenge Card: The Public decides what the Challenge is.

5. Disinformation to Discredit

Scenario Card (printed on a card with copies given to all teams, or projected on the wall, or written on butcher paper)

Your organisation is well known for using creative strategies to fight misogyny. It works with communities of all ages, including kids. Someone is trying to discredit your organisation and its director. Now if you search for your organisation, the top result is a warning to parents that your director is part of a ring of so-called "sexual deviants".

Challenge Cards for Disinformation to Discredit

  1. Your organisation is known for it’s community trainings, but fewer people are signing up now.
  2. Someone has contacted your social media community one by one, sending each follower the link with false information.
  3. One of your donors contacts your organisation to say they are pulling your funding.
  4. Your director was just paid a visit by the police after they received an anonymous tip about her.
  5. The lies get picked up by local media.
  6. Blank Challenge Card: The Public decides what the Challenge is.

6. Watching and Waiting

Scenario Card (printed on a card with copies given to all teams, or projected on the wall, or written on butcher paper)

You are receiving anonymous messages on your phone and social networks. The messages are friendly greetings, but the sender won’t say who they are and seems to know a lot about what you are doing and where you are.

Challenge Cards for Watching and Waiting

  1. Messages are becoming more and more frequent, from one or two a day to a dozen.
  2. You report the problem to the police, but they say they are only messages, friendly ones at that. If you don’t like them, don’t read them.
  3. Your office secretary says they talked with your boyfriend and he seemed really nice. You don´t have a boyfriend.
  4. One of the messages mentions a close family member (your child, sibling or parent).
  5. The tone of the messages is becoming more aggressive towards you.
  6. Blank Challenge Card: The Public decides what the Challenge is.
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