Digital Awareness

Facebook Messenger begins rolling out Signal protocol for end to end encryption

Facebook Messenger has started rolling out Secret Conversations, a feature that enables end to end encryption for conversations within Facebook Messenger. Secret Conversations is built on OpenWhisper Systems' Signal strong encryption protocol and is open publicly for auditing by any external security experts.  You can also...

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...

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...

Viber officially introduces end-to-end encryption

Viber officially has officially introduced end-to-end encryption to its 700+ million users. This encryption is enabled across all devices. Hidden Chats is also a new feature on the messaging platform, allowing users to place sensitive conversations in a hidden space. This implementation comes amid a wave...

Facebook’s WhatsApp adopts open source encryption

WhatsApp has officially moved towards full end-to-end encryption for all of their users, according to Open Whisper Systems. Once the app is updated to the most recent version on both the sender's and receiver's devices, they can communicate through an encrypted session. This is a...

Transmitters powered by Raspberry Pi broadcast Syrian radio

Raspberry Pi, the credit card-sized single-board computer has been modded to function as a radio transmitter to provide Syrians in rebel-controlled territories with independent radio, BBC reports. The devices pick up a satellite feed of the Syrnet channel - a channel created by a network of...

Open Whisper Systems are working on Signal for desktop

Open Whisper Systems has released a beta version of Signal, its end-to-end encrypted messaging application, for desktops. Teh desktop version of Signal is being packaged as a chrome application that directs messages from smartphones to desktops, similar to how WhatsApp Web functions. It currently only links...

The key to successful social media campaigns

SalamaTech's very own Dana Hourani was featured on al.souria.net (a popular Syrian news and culture website), and she explains the key to developing successful social media campaigns. Hourani says that social media campaigns that drive change, whether physical or awareness raising can be well worth...