Ubiquitous Sustainablity: Citizen Science and Activism
journal contributionposted on 01.01.2008, 00:00 by Eric Paulos, Marcus Foth, Christine Satchell, Younghui Kim, Paul Dourish, Jaz Hee-Jeong Choi
In this workshop we propose to explore new approaches to bring about real environmental change by looking at the success of empowering technologies that enable grassroots activism and bottom up community participation. Ubiquitous computing is transforming from being mostly about professional communication and social interaction to a sensor rich personal measurement platform that can empower individuals and groups to gain an awareness of their surroundings, engage in grassroots activism to promote environmental change, and enable a new social paradigm – citizen science. This workshop brings together fresh ideas and approaches to help elevate individuals to have a powerful voice in society, to act as citizen scientists, and collectively learn and lobby for change worldwide.