The Enlightened (ENL) is one of the two factions in Ingress. They believe that the Shapers have existed since the beginning of mankind. The Enlightened believe that the Shapers are the reason for mankind's progress from the Stone age into modern time.The Enlightened seek to progress mankind along its evolutionary path through art, music, science, and education.
Founded by Roland Jarvis, a sculptor and former member of the Niantic Project. Jarvis was part of the team that created a hacked version of the scanner to make neutral XM (white color) turn into Enlightened XM (green color).
All Portals, Links, and Control Field Δ that are under Enlightened control will appear with glowing green XM in the Scanner. Upgrading portals, regardless of who owns it, benefits the entire team and makes the opposing faction have to use more gear.