Publications

ISIS Bans the Internet in al-Boukamal, Deir Ezzor

Written by: Zainah Alsamman ISIS has imposed a citywide internet blockade in the city of al-Boukamal in the Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor. The internet ban extends to all communal halls, offices, shops, banks, petrol stations and homes.[1] “We are not allowed to use the internet...

Facebook Prison: Testimonies from Syria

***The original version of this account was published in Arabic on Rising for Freedom's website on October 4, 2015.*** Ahmad witnessed many horrors during his year in a Syrian regime prison.  Some of the worst were people being tortured for their Facebook and other online passwords....

ISIS Steps Up Information Control in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor

On 18 July 2015, Islamic State (ISIS) authorities issued strict limitations on the use of satellite internet in Raqqa, Syria. It signals yet another move in ISIS’ efforts to control its information space. Download Full Report > SalamaTech has tracked the digital war in Syria since 2012, including attempts by all parties to...

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...

Syria’s Hacker Wars

Internet hacking groups are a significant and growing feature of the war in Syria. A new development is the open association of some hacking groups with on-the-ground militant groups from both sides. The evolution of Syria’s hacking wars is something to watch –- inside Syria...

Syria’s National Defence Forces Take the Battle to Cyberspace

A new player has emerged in Syria’s cyber war, the Electronic National Defence Forces (ENDF). The group claims to be the electronic wing of the regime’s recently created paramilitary group, the National Defence Forces. While the group has been active for only one month, it...

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)...

The internet in Syria: down, but not out

On 7 May 2013, Syria disconnected from the global internet for the third time since the beginning of the conflict. On 8 May, internet connectivity was restored. While analysts continue to speculate as to the cause of the disconnect, uncertainty remains. The internet in Syria: down,...