Privacy International is a human rights group working as a watchdog on surveillance and privacy invasions by governments and corporations. It has conducted campaigns and research globally on issues ranging from wiretapping and national security, to ID cards, video surveillance, data matching, police information systems, medical privacy, and freedom of information and expression. In 2003 the company rebuilt the PI site with a new interface fronting a database for all content, old and new. Structurally it is based on a single database table. It features a two-level category menu, and further menus that allow users to narrow down the selection of listed items. The extensive database contains hundreds of articles. And the site itself serves as an excellent model for functional information architecture.
Devising the navigation for this site, took us to the limits of what was possible in ‘normal’ ActionApps slices. As such the project became the starting point of taking an approach to ActionApps web development which turned the normal philosophy upside down.