About The Project

The SalamaTech Project builds the capacity of Syrian civil society to communicate safely and effectively online

Supporting Syrian Voices of Resilience

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SalamaTech began out of a need to protect Syrians caught in conflict, but has grown to include capacity building among Syrian voices of resilience, in particular those of women and youth.

The Syrian conflict is the first protracted war to be fought on and through the internet. All actors use the internet to organize, plan, and share information; some use it to document human rights abuses and bear witness; others use it to propagandize, collect intelligence, sow fear, and win followers. Now, as the conflict drags on towards a resolution, many are using the internet to learn new work skills for the future.

The Syrian social media space has been dominated by the voices of militant actors. Social media is used as a weapon of war. By contrast, the voices of Syrian non-violent actors have been drowned out by the noise of violence and extremism. To the outside world, the concept of Syrian civil society has been largely reduced to that of powerless “refugees.” SalamaTech has been working hard to correct this.

Syrian non-violent citizens – who believe in peace, in human rights, in justice – are still there, working hard on the ground and in their places of refuge for a better future. Some of their important work includes training centres that have sprung up to fill the void left by formal education interrupted by the conflict. It is these courageous men and women – both inside and outside Syria – that SalamaTech aims to empower.

 

The destruction of war has also left many women as the heads of households. As such, they are continuing education to learn much needed skills, including digital literacy, to find work and contribute to improving Syria.

st-en-site-tempSince 2012 SalamaTech has helped non-violent Syrians stay safe online and make their voices heard. In providing Emergency Tech support, we assist Syrians who have been arrested or had their accounts hacked. We protect Syrian civil society organisations with Digital Safety Audits and Real-Time Remediation. Our network of on-the-ground Digital Technology First Responders provide in situ Be Heard training to empower women, and youth, to become active drivers of peace and development in Syria, through in situ training and online support. By connecting Syrian and Canadian youth we foster digital peacebuilding. Together we are empowering and protecting a chorus of Voices of Resilience – who will be heard.

Fostering these authentic, local voices is key to peacebuilding. In supporting Syrians – in particular women and youth – SalamaTech takes an alternative approach to preventing violent extremism by empowering non-violent civil society to participate and lead in building a better tomorrow.

Our Work By The Numbers

3484113

user engagements

6022

Syrians supported through our Emergency Help Desk

76

Civil Society Organizations Protected

3340

Syrians trained in-situ

195150

followers on Facebook

51959

users on Be Heard since launching in March 2016

71

How To Guides Created

18

Training Modules Published

How We Help

SalamaTech First Responders: Supporting Syrians On the Ground

Women, Peace and Stabilization

Emergency Digital Response

Helping Syrians Be Heard

Fostering Peace and Stabilization Image

Protecting Syrian Civil Society

Youth Digital Peacebuilding

Online Resources

What Syrians Are Saying About Our Work

Samples of Our Work