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Google Helps Bring All Constitutions Online



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    Google has digitized and banked constitutions from around the world into one site, called Constitute, according to the tech titan.

    "In the past, it’s been difficult to access and compare existing constitutional documents and language—which is critical to drafters—because the texts are locked up in libraries or on the hard drives of constitutional experts," wrote Sara Sinclair Brody, Google Ideas product manager on the Official Google Blog
    Because of this, Google Ideas teamed up with the Comparative Constitutions Project to build Constitute, a new digital library where users can look up and search the world's constitutions. People can browse through topics, countries, years and even 350 themes such as "citizenship" or "suffrage and turnouts".
    As many as five new constitutions are written and about 30 are revised each year, according to Google.
    Although Google said that its goal is to create "a better tool for constitution design and writing," it's likely that the database will be used mostly by the curious or those studying political science or international relations.