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[翻译字幕]Technology Report - A Mobile App in Delhi Aims to Protect Women

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科技报道 - 一款保护女性安全的手机应用程序

This is the VOA Special English Technology Report.


More than twenty thousand new products appeared at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Among the attention getters last week were "ultrabooks," or very thin laptop computers. Also, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer announced new smartphones with the Windows Phone operating system.

今年在美国内华达州拉斯维加斯举行的国际消费电子展上出现了超过两万种新产品。上周的关注焦点是超轻薄笔记本电脑ultrabooks。此外,微软首席执行官史蒂夫·鲍尔默(Steve Ballmer)发布了安装微软手机操作系统的新智能手机。

Far from the bright lights of Vegas are the poorly lit streets of Delhi. A new mobile app called Fight Back aims to make those streets safer for women like Cheena Sikka. She often works late. A company taxi takes her part of the way home, but then she has to walk five to ten minutes alone.

远离拉斯维加斯明亮灯光的是德里光线昏暗的街道。一款名为“反击(Fight Back)”的手机应用新程序旨在使这些街道对西卡(Cheena Sikka)这类女性更为安全。西卡经常工作到很晚。回家时公司的出租车会送她一段路,但随后她必须独自步行五到十分钟。

CHEENA SIKKA: "It’s dark and the kind of people who are around are not really to be comfortable with or safe. You cannot feel safe.”


Ms. Sikka uses Fight Back to follow her location with GPS, or global positioning system, software. Jagdish Mitra is the head of CanvasM Technologies, which recently launched the app.

西卡女士使用“反击”应用程序,通过GPS全球定位系统跟踪她的位置。贾格迪什·米特拉(Jagdish Mitra)是最近推出了该程序的CanvasM科技公司的负责人。

JAGDISH MITRA: "The moment you feel uncomfortable, you really don't need to do anything else but press one button."


Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer in front of an image of actor Matt Damon at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

The woman pushes the button on her touchscreen but has a few seconds to cancel her decision. If not, a message with her location will go by text, e-mail or Facebook to anyone she has put on a list.


MALE EMPLOYEE: "Divya has raised a panic alert. She might be in trouble."


The location also appears on a map in the company's offices. But Mr. Mitra says his company does not serve as a public monitoring center.


JAGDISH MITRA: "We are not in the provision of, you know, managing the law, if you may. The law has to be managed by the people who actually are authorized to do it, which is the police and so on and so forth."


Officials reported more than four hundred rapes in Delhi in twenty-ten. Many media organizations have called the city of seventeen million people "India's rape capital."


Kalpana Viswanath is a researcher with the women's group Jagori. She works to make cities safer for women through changes like better lighting and wider sidewalks. She supports Fight Back but has some concerns.

卡尔帕娜·维斯瓦纳特(Kalpana Viswanath)是女性团体Jagori的一名研究员。她致力于通过改善照明和加宽人行道一类的改革,使城市对女性更为安全。她支持“反击”应用程序,但还有一些顾虑。

KALPANA VISWANATH: "While the app to me is very important and has a good role to play, I think what we have to be careful about is that it doesn't again fall back on women to solve their problem."


Hindol Sengupta is a founder of Whypoll, a nonprofit group that works on the Fight Back project. He says Indian police often do not take women's safety seriously. He says, "Most women don't go to the police because in most parts of the country, the police are seen as more part of the problem than part of the solution."


HINDOL SENGUPTA: "So we’re saying here's a tool -- you can go to the police if you want, and so you should, and so you must. But, in case you choose not to, and in case you can't reach them, you can directly reach out to your friends and family. And together, you can propel the system. You can propel the security apparatus, so to speak, to act."


The makers of Fight Back say police in Delhi and other Indian cities have expressed interest in linking to the system.


And that's the VOA Special English Technology Report. You can find a video about Fight Back at voanews.cn. I'm June Simms.

Contributing: Kurt Achin and Jeff Seldin