The Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) was initiated in late 2012 by the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) to protect critical Internet users – human rights defenders (HRDs), including activists, bloggers, civil society organisations, journalists, and other users of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to defend human rights, and keep the Internet free and open.
Types of assistance offered by the organisation:
Incident Emergency Funding (IEF) responds rapidly to urgent cases of digital threats or attacks against human rights defenders, journalists, activists, or organisations. The funding provided can be up to €10,000 and can be used to cover costs, which will directly reduce the risk or impact of a digital attack. The funding covers activities for a maximum of four months.
Sustainable Protection Funding (SPF) aims to help human rights organisations (including journalists, grass-roots social movements, etc) build their digital security capacities over a longer period. This can include through improvements to infrastructure, hardware, or software; awareness-raising and training of staff; moving data to more secure servers, and much more. The funding provided can be up to €50,000. The funding covers activities for a maximum of one year.
Digital defenders partnership supports initiatives promoting online freedom and digital protection for human rights defenders, which operate in a single country or region. These can include initiatives that provide digital or holistic security support to human rights defenders, and support access to a free and open internet. The funding provided can be up to €50,000.
DDP supports initiatives for building skills, capacities, collaboration, and exchange among organisations and individuals working on internet freedom, or digital or holistic security for human rights defenders. Activities supported can include the organisation of regional or global collaborative meetings among rapid responders and training for members of CiviCERT on advanced malware protection. The funding provided can be up to €15.000.
The DDP provides organisations, collectives, and networks with a tailored programme of long-term accompaniment by at least one DIF Fellow for between 6 and 18 months. The DIF programme supports organisations to increase their awareness around digital security issues, and works with them to develop effective and resilient practices for digital security. The programme aims, ultimately, to make a positive contribution to the overall protection and well-being of the collective.