The Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) was formed in 2012 by the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC). The aim of the DDP is to protect and advance internet freedom, and to keep the internet free from emerging threats, specifically in repressive environments. They coordinate emergency support for individuals and organizations such as human rights defenders, journalists, civil society activists, and bloggers. They take a people-centered approach, focusing on their core values of transparency, human rights, inclusivity & diversity, equality, confidentiality, and freedom.
The DDP has three different types of funding that address urgent emergency situations, as well as longer-term grants focused on building capacity within an organization. Furthermore, they coordinate a Digital Integrity Fellowship where organizations receive personalized digital security and privacy trainings, and a Rapid Response Network program.
They particularly encourage women and women’s organizations, ethnic minorities, and LGBTI+ persons to apply for their grants.
In 2016, DDP established a strategic partnership with 3 organizations: Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) specialize in legal defense, Front Line Defenders (FLD) provide regional/physical safety, and Virtual Road (VR) work on infrastructural responses. Together, they are able to provide a more holistic emergency response, a wider outreach strategy, and increased project sustainability.