Kalpana Viswanath from Safetipin, a mobile app developed to support community and women’s safety, points out what she is currently missing in the smart city debate and explains to URBANET how technology can actually be used in an inclusive way to promote democracy and citizenship.
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Kalpana Viswanath is a researcher who has been working on issues of urban and women’s safety for over 20 years. She is the co-founder of Safetipin, a mobile app developed to support community and women's safety. She has worked as a consultant with UN Women and UN-Habitat on issues of gender and urban safety and spearheaded the Safe Delhi for Women initiative led by Jagori in Delhi, India. Kalpana Viswanath is also a board member of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC). She has provided technical support to safe city for women programmes in several Asian countries.