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 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:
- Expand and increase secure Internet access in targeted emerging markets by enabling market entry (or expanded market access) for U.S. or like-minded technology companies;
- Increase adoption of policies and regulatory positions that encourage open, interoperable, reliable, and secure digital infrastructure;
- Promote exports of U.S. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) goods and services and increase U.S. company market share in targeted markets; and
- Increase adoption of cybersecurity best practices in targeted countries.
Chaired by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State, 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.