Information Freedom Champions

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...

The Ultimate Revolution: Nonviolent Information Technologies

Afra Jalabi, a renowned Syrian scholar, activist and friend of SalamaTech, discusses how revolutions in technology can indeed revolutionize Revolution. By Afra Jalabi We live in a world that is increasingly interconnected-- populations around the world are gaining access to education, information technologies and global media. Along...

A “Kingdom of Silence” No more: Facebook & The Syrian Revolution

Facebook is a critical information resource in the Syrian revolution. It is also a frontline for battle. What does its evolution tell us about a post-Assad Syria? After forty years of complete political silence, Syrian citizens first found their voice in 2011 - on Facebook.  A "Kingdom...

Find, fix and finish: Syrian activist targeted for online activities

After more than 900 days of war, the Syrian regime continues to closely monitor the online activity of its citizens who often pay with their lives for poor digital security practices. Find, fix and finish: Syrian activist targeted for online activities (6 September 2013)...