The U.S. Navy is reaching out to the general public in an attempt to combat piracy with the MMOWGLI game. MMOWGLI stands for Massive Multiplayer Online WarGame Leveraging the Internet which is quite a mouthful to say (even in acronym form).
The MMOWGLI game will be open to 1,000 players who will be tasked with being either pirates or the members of an anti-pirate squad. Players get to mico-manage their trips around pirate-filled waters deciding what routes to take and how to arm ships. Of course, pirate attacks will happen, and once they do the game gives shippers the ability to design their own rescue plan. I for one find it refreshing that the Navy is crowdsourcing ideas for how to deal with pirates. It shows an openness to new technology and tactics, an openness which will hopefully pay off in the form of less ships hijacked.