Open Data Initiative

Open Data Initiative

Data, in today’s hyper-digital world, has been monetised and become a site for exploitation. Those who extract, collect and analyse data have acquired immense power, which is often concentrated in the hands of the few.

As a digital rights and feminist organisation, it is our mission to dismantle these structures of power through open data practices. This initiative of mapping gender violence through open data principles is a start. We hope this openness and transparency through sharing of knowledge sparks collaborative work that builds on these open data sets to advocate and fight for social justice in both online and offline spaces!

Mapping gender-based violence since the #motorwayincident

September 2020 was a grim reminder that gender-based violence is a structural part of our society, brought to prominence through the motorway gang rape. We collected publicly available data of incidents of violence reported in newspapers across Pakistan since the incident to show that gender-based violence is not a one-off incident, it is systemic and pervasive. This open database is an evolving document and we will continue to add to it in the future.


The data has been collected from English language newspapers in Pakistan, if you wish to contribute to this data set by making it more complete and comprehensive please get in touch through our social media channels or at [email protected].

If you wish to gain access to a downloadable version of the data set, please email us and we will provide the latest copy.

Disinformation Campaign from Pro-India Accounts - October 2020

The research team at DRF compiled a list of accounts and tweets disseminating disinformation through extensive Twitter searches online using keywords such as “Karachi”, “Karachi blast”, “civil war” and “FATF” based on an early analysis of sample tweets being identified by fact-checkers in Pakistan. The tweets were catalogued on this spreadsheet which contains 86 tweets originating from a total of 62 accounts.
A report from the data was published and can be found in our Research section. [link to report in the research section]


Database of Government Apps

This database was prepared as part of our internship program by Faizan Ul Haq, to document through a non-exhaustive list apps developed by the government with a public-facing element. We hope this data can be built upon and used for further research

Database of public-facing apps by the public sector

Model Privacy Document Toolkit

This Privacy Document has been put together to serve as a sample format for educational institutions in Pakistan following which they can model their own privacy policies to protect the data of students and employees alike.