The project is informed by over 20 years of Frontline experience in clandestine witness journalism in repressive environments such as West Papua, and the frontlines of resistance to extractivism. From those remote places well off the grid, that the real truth rarely emerges from, and when it does, it gets ridiculed by outsiders who cannot be bothered to make the effort to go there, to see that what is being told is real.
- frontline, investigative, indigenous, video, citizen, photo and news journalism;
- human rights, environmental and human security investigators and lawyers;
- media safety trainers, advocates and enablers;
- digital security and encryption specialists,
- statisticians, anthropologists and scientific information process developers
- mobile journalism innovators
- and digital verification and blockchain specialists; to name a few.
As this will become an Open Source collaborative project we invite anyone with the skills, new ideas and passion to join with us to overcome some of the simple challenges that still need to be met, to make this tool a reality.
Project FiveARM is happy to announce that it is supported by the 2016 Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism. FiveARM Crisis Journalism Secure Reporting Tool will get accurate reports from hard to access crisis areas by connecting eyewitness accounts with simple, secure & tested smartphone technology. Now we have the Walkley Grant, we are excited to begin the process toward rolling out the open source phases of the project.
This project is just beginning. FiveARM will soon launch a major crowdfunding presence to enable the fast and sustainable development and deployment of this much-needed tool, and to pay for the smooth escalation of the next phases and the equipment and training to roll this out. We absolutely are looking for coders and journalism innovators to get involved, as well as translators, video producers, graphic designers, and of course professional crowdfunding and grant fundraisers.
You can donate to develop the project further by clicking on the button below. A major crowdfunding campaign is now live at GoFundMe.
Secure Crisis Reporting for Journalists and Investigators
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