SalamaTech Syria

PeaceTech and the Syrian Conflict: What Canadians Are Doing

Join us on 30 September 2016 at Ottawa’s Peace Festival as we share our experience with PeaceTech and the Syrian conflict. The conflict in Syria has been fought on, and through, the internet. Since 2012, SalamaTech has helped hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians to stay...

Peacetech and the Syrian Conflict: New Report By The British Council

The British Council recently published a new report looking at peacetech initiatives responding to the Syrian crisis. Our own projects – SalamaTech and Be Heard – were featured in the study, which also quoted our Executive Director, Deirdre Collings. The report, entitled “Innovative Peacebuiding in Syria: A Scoping Study of the Strategic...

Look Beyond the CVE Buzzwords; See the People

With all the talk of countering violent extremism (CVE), it can be easy to lose sight of the most important aspect of any conflict: people. To actually affect change and help at-risk youth, for example, to find an alternative path, those kids must become the...

Why Helping Syrians is Harder than it Seems

While the Syrian civil war continues to rage more than five years on, the challenges in helping those caught in conflict grow. The U.N. estimates that 13.5 million Syrians are in need of assistance - their situations vary, and some, such as refugees, are easier...

The Unsung Heroes of Syria: Voices of Resilience

There are many unsung heroes in Syria. We are lucky enough to work with some of them. Earlier this week, one of our colleagues near Damascus had his house hit by a mortar. The day after, he continued his work with us, as usual, helping...

Facebook Messenger begins rolling out Signal protocol for end to end encryption

Facebook Messenger has started rolling out Secret Conversations, a feature that enables end to end encryption for conversations within Facebook Messenger. Secret Conversations is built on OpenWhisper Systems' Signal strong encryption protocol and is open publicly for auditing by any external security experts.  You can also...

Civil Defense headquarters in Idlib marks the latest target of airstrikes

An airstrike destroyed northwestern Idlib’s only Civil Defense center on Wednesday. The attack was allegedly a single missile strike from a  Soviet-era warplane - a signature plane of the Syrian military. A witness mentions "The center was completely destroyed after sustaining a direct hit,” The damages include five injured...

WhatsApp – a Syrian’s best friend – An LCC feature

Salamatech's own Basel Mattar was featured on LCC's magazine, Rising for Freedom, where he discussed the effects of WhatApp on Syrians and how reliant people are to the service. The relationship between Syrians and WhatsApp has evolved to a point where normal users are now nicknaming it as...

Empowering women to be Syrian journalists

Zaina Erhaim has studied journalism in the UK and worked as a journalist in England for two years before returning home to Syria in 2011. Upon finding that most journalists and citizen journalists were men, she decided to educate women in this sphere. After performing...