Inter arma enim silent leges

“In times of war, the law falls silent.” – Cicero, 52 BCE.

Welcome to, a nascent technology collective that is focused on sharing technical knowledge and tools with activist, advocacy and NGO communities, both online and through face-to-face workshops.

This project originally came about as a way to generalise and share some of the technical work done by members of an activist group in Perth, Western Australia. However, as alluded to by its name, also hopes to support other groups by providing them with the knowledge and tools to better document the actions, transgressions and omissions of governments, corporations and lobbyists.

We are still very much in our early days, but if you're interested in getting involved — either as an end-user by providing feedback on our systems or as someone from a technical background who'd like to help set up an technology collective — we'd love to hear from you.

You can also follow us on Facebook at and Twitter as @interarmaorg.

Local Groups

In addition to our online presence, there is interest in setting up local groups in the following locations:

AustraliaPerth, Western Australiacomputer security, cryptography, documentation systems, electronics, internet systems, open source, privacy, video projectionforming

Latest Posts

To see the full history of posts, go to the Blog page.

WAHCKon 2013: Hackers, the Internet and Campaigns for Social Justice

Apologies for the brevity of this post. Hopefully I'll come back and develop it further in the not-too-distant future, but for now I'm using it as a pointer to the presentation I'm going to give at Perth's first hacker con, WAHCKon 2013. Well, that, and some of the groups and links mentioned in the presentation.

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2013/06/06 07:37

Refugee Rights Watch site enters public beta

In conjunction with the Refugee Rights Network, we've released an early beta version of a reporting and aggregation site focused on incidents and abuses affecting refugees caught within Australia's immigration detention system. The system itself is based upon the Ushahidi Platform.

We're currently refining the incident categories and which details we should capture, but if you want to check it out, it is now live at And if you want to get involved and/or provide feedback, that'd be even better!

2013/06/06 07:37

First public release of the GroupWiki documentation tool is now available

The first public release of the GroupWiki documentation tool is now available for download and installation here. This distribution is based on a system that has been used (and refined) over a couple of years by a local grass-roots political group, but should be useful to most self-organising collectives and smaller organisations.

Or if you'd rather check it out before downloading it, you can see a live (read-only) demo at

2013/06/06 07:37