SalamaTech: Harnessing Technology to Advance Peacebuilding
Our own Anwar Abas participated in a debate on PeaceTech earlier today. The panel session, hosted by the Centre for Security and Governance, is part of a wider series on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding.
Today’s online event looked at ways to use technology for advancing peacebuilding. Anwar was on hand to share our experience with peactech in Syria, and in particular the work of our project SalamaTech. A recording of the online event can be watched here below:
Since 2012 SalamaTech has helped non-violent Syrians stay safe online and make their voices heard. In providing Emergency Tech support, we assist Syrians who have been arrested or had their accounts hacked. We protect Syrian civil society organisations with Digital Safety Audits and Real-Time Remediation. Our network of on-the-ground Information Freedom Champions provide in situ Be Heard training to support people caught by conflict inside Syria. Together we are empowering and protecting a chorus of Voices of Resilience – who will be heard.
Today’s event explored what PeaceTech offers the peacebuilding process and was the sixth debate in the series. The event was presented in collaboration with the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Global Studies. The panel featured:
- Giselle Lopez, a Senior Specialist at the PeaceTech Lab;
- Dr. Walter Dorn from the Royal Military College of Canada and the Canadian Forces College;
- Dr. Nada Basir from the University of Waterloo; and
- Anwar Abas, Director of Outreach and Partnerships for SalamaTech