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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Evidence of ISIS bolstering its cyber operations

In the past, ISIS has noticeably infiltrated prominent social media accounts in an attempt to spread their own propaganda. These attacks have not led to any substantial leaks in information, but rather an attempt to grasp a low hanging fruit, targets that aren't behind exhaustive...

US indicts three Syrian members of Syrian Electronic Army

The US Justice Department has indicted three members of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) for cyber crimes, according to Forbes. The three accused individuals, Ahmad Umar Agha, Firas Dardar and Pierre Romar have been charged with a range of offences, from hacking, to engaging in...