Niche groups of citizens with increasingly powerful tools, social and otherwise, become formidable civic and environmental crusaders. These “activists by night” undertake distributed monitoring and protection of the environment, organizing through websites such as witness.org. They also participate indirectly, opening up the sensors in their mobile devices and homes for use in large-scale monitoring programs. Citizen regulators play an increasingly important role in building or breaking a project’s social license to operate.
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Witness.org trains and equips citizens to use video to draw attention to human rights issues. Their “See it, film it, change it” approach helps provide a voice for human rights activists.