Azby Brown is a native of New Orleans who has lived in Japan since 1985. He is a widely published authority on Japanese architecture, design, and environment. Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, he has been a core member of Safecast, a global volunteer-based citizen-science organization devoted to developing new technology platforms for crowdsourced environmental monitoring that promote open-source and open-data principles. He is Safecast’s lead researcher, closely involved with assisting affected communities and analyzing and reporting the issues they face. In addition, he is involved in the group’s day-to-day operations, including education and outreach, and represents Safecast at international academic conferences and expert meetings.