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Concerns Rising Over Possible WhatsApp ‘blockade’ in Government-held Areas

Earlier this month, Syrians living in government-controlled territories are reportedly facing difficulties using WhatsApp for audio and video calls. No official response has been issued to address the rising concerns voiced by Syrians, who rely heavily on the mobile communication application to connect with family...

Internet in Syria

Internet in Syria Remains Critical – and Challenged

By Abdulrahman al-Masri Internet in Syria remains critical – and challenged. Footage from Vice on HBO’s latest documentary, Assad’s Syria, shows​ a large web of exposed and intertwined wires in the street of a destroyed Aleppo neighborhood, an area​ that witnessed intense fighting between Syrian rebels and regime forces in late 2016. [caption id="attachment_4516" align="aligncenter"...

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...

What smartphones mean to Syrian refugees

The British Channel 4's documentary "Children on the Frontline" interviewed Hala, a refugee from Aleppo, Syria. She mentions what smartphones mean to her. “It has everything. All my family, all my world is here.” She had left her home after her husband was kidnapped by Isis. She went through...

Why does every refugee have a smartphone? – a digital citizen report

Smartphones not only allow refugees to keep in touch with their families, but also to share crucial information about prices, traffickers or how to travel safely through Europe (CNBC).  While technology can be an essential resource for individual refugees, it’s also essential to the agencies...