FiveARM’s people include Broadcast and Investigative Journalists, Film-makers, Editors, Human Rights investigators, Lawyers, Environmental advocates and scientists, Blockchain, Coding and Digital Security Specialists, Survey Design specialists, academics, an anthropologist or two, Refugee workers, Peacekeepers, and even former intelligence agents who have rebelled against the Dark Side. We are of all genders and identities, like the movements and societies from which we come.
These project members currently come from a wide variety of social backgrounds including People of Colour, marginalised frontline and at-risk communities, and indigenous people from colonised and free land across the Pacific (Including West Papua, PNG, and First Nations Blak communities in so-called Australia), Indonesia, so-called Australia, NZ, Europe, US/Canada. We will be reaching out to further constituencies as the project progresses, including demobilised, de-radicalised and rehabilitated human security abuse perpetrators, to be able combat the weaponised disinformation that these people believe.
Obviously the majority of our people cannot be named publicly for their field security, and ability to keep reporting from these repressive environments. Leading up to our Project retasking in 2023, our core team are not publicly identifiable, but we will provide details as soon as roles are solidified.
However, our coordinator is publicy identifiable.
Project FiveARM’s initiator and coordinator, Nick is a blak human rights journalist, digital journalism safety trainer, and co-founding Editor of the clandestine witness journalism project WestPapuaMedia (returning in 2023). Walking with mixed First Nations ancestry (mainly Kaurna), he has provided support and training to First Nations journalists, environmental and human rights defenders across Indonesia, Timor, Melanesia and First Nations peoples in Australia over the last 20 years, specifically focusing on the provision of credible information collection, citizen media safety, and civil resistance journalism.
You can view the Walkley Foundation’s Letter of support for Project FiveARM here