Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership (DCCP)

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As the adoption of digital technologies rapidly advances across the globe and increasing economic prosperity in many countries becomes intricately linked to Internet connectivity, we face a dilemma. How do we ensure that this digital transformation is built on technology that is open, interoperable, and secure, promotes inclusive growth, fosters resilient and democratic societies, and empowers all, including the most vulnerable? How do we make sure that technology isn’t used to monitor populations, restrict citizens’ access to information, and exploit the vulnerability of a workforce not trained to combat data breaches and cyber attacks?

Launched in July 2018, the Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership (DCCP) is a whole-of-government initiative that aims to: 

  • Build connections by promoting investments in secure, diverse, and resilient ICT infrastructure;
  • Grow global markets for U.S. ICT goods and services, especially high-quality, interoperable, secure ICT equipment, software, and services;
  • Advance an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure internet by promoting inclusive, rights-respecting, multistakeholder models of internet governance and procompetition, pro-innovation digital economy policies and regulations; and
  • Enhance cybersecurity by increasing adoption and implementation of cybersecurity best practices.

Led by the U.S. Department of State and co-chaired by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), DCCP works with partner countries to support the development of communications infrastructure; promote transparent regulatory policies for open, competitive markets; and build partners’ cybersecurity capacity to address shared threats through engagement with the private sector, government, and civil society.

Resources for Connectivity and Cybersecurity

Promoting American Approaches to ICT Policy and Regulation (ProICT) Factsheet: ProICT provides dedicated technical assistance, including embedded experts, for receptive host country ministries and regulatory bodies to assist in the design, development, and implementation of ICT policies.

Digital Asia Accelerator (DAA) Factsheet: DAA serves as a vehicle for citizens and small businesses to become more digitally savvy and cyber-safe by increasing public awareness of digital safety issues, providing digital and cybersecurity upskilling for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and civil society, and providing opportunities to engage on digital policy issues across Southeast Asia.

Digital Asia Accelerator Video Series: This video series is a 10-part Facebook-based campaign called “Online Safety” to raise awareness about good digital security practices among Cambodian users, particularly Cambodian small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) owners and staff. The campaign addresses common problems and security-related challenges that Cambodian users face online and gives them “tips and tricks” to protect themselves, their data, and their businesses online. 

Advancing Timor-Leste’s Autonomous Telecommunications Landscape (ATLATL) Factsheet: ATLATL works with the Government of Timor-Leste to create a legal and regulatory framework to support a growing, safe, and secure internet and telecommunications ecosystem in Timor-Leste.

South Asia Regional Digital Initiative (SARDI) Factsheet: SARDI propels digital connectivity and economic development in South Asia by strengthening the digital capacity of MSMEs, raising awareness around critical cybersecurity issues, and fostering opportunities for MSMEs and governments to engage on digital and ICT policy issues.

Last updated: November 03, 2022

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