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.
DDP operates in a manner that is independent from its donors and is managed by the Humanist Institute for Development Co-operation (Hivos), a non-profit organisation headquartered in the Netherlands that provides funding and implements programmes to innovate for social change worldwide.
DDP mainstreams a gender equality and diversity perspective in our programmes and key activities, acknowledging that digital threats can affect people differently and that gender and sexual orientation are a key factor in this.
Read a summary of our 2018 Annual Report and learn more about our Mission and Vision, our team and our funders below.
Mission and Vision
DDP’s vision is of an open internet, free from threats to expression, association, assembly, privacy, and other fundamental rights, specifically in repressive and transitional environments.
Our mission is to provide a holistic response to digital threats and create resilient and sustainable networks of support to human rights defenders. To this end, DDP provides emergency response and sustainable protection funding, strengthens rapid responders and local protection networks, increases trainers’ capacities through our Field Building efforts, and contributes to long-term organisational safety through Digital Integrity Fellowships.
The fast changing nature of digital threats requires us to stay flexible and offer a programme of support that responds to the needs of the field. We will place particular emphasis on:
- Actors that collect, interpret, and make data available for the broader public (including artists, bloggers, journalists and their sources, election monitors, and those monitoring internet shutdowns);
- Environmental, indigenous, and land rights defenders;
- LGBTQI+ communities and those who promote and defend their rights
- Women and gender rights defenders and groups.
Our thematic and geographical focus will, however, remain flexible and correspond to ongoing contextual analyses, being revisited each year and as necessary in correspondence with our partners.
From 2012 to 2019, DDP received its funding from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom; along with the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the United States Department of State. DDP operates in a manner that is independent from its donors and is managed by the Humanist Institute for Development Co-operation (Hivos), a non-profit organisation headquartered in the Netherlands that provides funding and implements programmes to innovate for social change worldwide.