SalamaTech Syria

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...

Syrian journalists severely injured in Aleppo

Journalist Hadi Abdullah and cameraman Khaled Eissa were wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Aleppo on Thursday July 16th 2016 . The explosion happened around midnight, in front of Abdullah's home. Eissa is in critical condition suffering from wounds to the head and...

Attampted assasination of journalist Ahmed Abd al-Qader

Ahmed Abd al-Qader, founder of Eye on the homeland, was shot 3 times by gunmen riding a motorbike in the southeastern Turkish town of Urfa. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack along with previous attacks on his bother Ibrahim and colleague Fares Hamadi. "Even in...

A global cyber offensive against ISIS

ISIS typically uses social media to distribute propaganda, recruit fighters, and plan attacks. Their cyber capabilities do not end there, they are also becoming increasing good at disrupting computer systems and networks of national governments, security agencies, and businesses.  They use encrypted technology like the Telegram...

Verify – a way to seek the truth from Syrian news outlets

Since the beginning of the Syrian revolution 5 years ago, the amount of information about various military and humanitarian developments is quite substantial and naturally, the amount of false reports emanating within Syria is apparent. Ahmad Primo a web developer and programmer, has been working...

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...

CPJ launches SecureDrop – an open-source whistleblower submission system

Journalists in conflict areas are often under physical and technological threats. SecureDrop was created to help them get past government surveillance anonymously. Journalists can use SecureDrop to submit messages and files to CPJ without revealing their identity, location, or the contents of their messages to potential...

Hacker sympathetic with Assad appears in US federal court

A computer hacker and alleged member of the Syrian Electronic Army, Peter Romar, appeared in a Virginia federal court on Tuesday. Romar faces charges related to unauthorized computer intrusions and violations of sanctions against Syria, according to the U.S Department of Justice. He is one...

Anti-ISIS Syrian journalist killed in Turkey

Syrian journalist, Zaher al-Shurqat, was shot Sunday in the southern Turkish town of Gaziantep, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Islamic State has reportedly claimed responsibility for the act. This marks the fourth Syrian journalist killed in Turkey over the past six months. Al-Shurqat worked for...