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Pakistani digital rights activist Nighat Dad nominated for Human Rights Tulip award

Founder and Director of the Digital Rights Foundation Nighat Dad has been nominated for the Dutch government’s Human Rights Tulip Award 2016.

The Human Rights Tulip award is an “annual award or individuals or organisations that promote human rights worldwide in innovative ways”.

A lawyer and human rights activist, Dad is known for championing online safety and access to the internet in Pakistan and across the world. The Digital Rights Foundation, which was founded in 2012, educates citizens, particularly young women, on how to protect themselves from and respond to online harassment.

Dad has campaigned against legislation in favour of internet surveillance. Her foundation has also opposed the dissemination of internet user information to foreign and domestic state agencies and businesses.

She was awarded the Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award 2016 and was among six ‘next generation leaders’ named by TIME Magazine last year.

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