Digital Rights Foundation

Digital Rights Foundation

Nighat Dad is a Pakistani lawyer and Internet activist who runs the not-for-profit organisation Digital Rights Foundation. Her work in the field of IT security has earned her many international awards.

Dad led campaigns to protect online freedom of speech in Pakistan as well campaigns against legislation that gives the government broad powers of surveillance online, most notable one is the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015. She also contributed in the draft of Acid Prevention Law 2010 and the Domestic Violence Bill of Pakistan.

In 2015, she was named in the TIME magazine’s list of next generation leaders, for helping Pakistani women fight online harassment.

In 2016, she was awarded the Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award and Dutch government’s Human Rights Tulip award.

And now she’s the first Pakistani to be inducted into the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, 2018