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Google today updated its search engine with a nifty new feature: support for the constitution. Google Search now shows you the entire constitution in 13 countries.
You can view the constitutions for Afghanistan, Bhutan, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Micronesia, Norway, Ukraine, and the United States directly on the search results page. Google didn’t explain why these specific countries were chosen, but the company did say it is “looking forward to adding more soon.”
To try the new feature, type (or say) “constitution” in Google Search or the Google app on your mobile device. A box will pop up with the preamble, along with a drop-down menu where you can see all of the accompanying articles and amendments.
The addition is being made on Constitution Day, even though the feature works in more than just the U.S. To make this possible, Google partnered with the Constitute Project, which helps people access, compare, and analyze constitutions from around the world. The site lists constitutions for 194 countries, meaning Google is currently supporting about 6.7 percent.
Having this content right at the top of Google’s search results page means users can more easily find the fine details they need to win their argument. This will naturally be a big deal for U.S. citizens looking for more information during the 2016 presidential debates and the campaign in general.
But Google wants you to think bigger than that:
We’re excited to play our part in showing the world the common ideals that tie different countries together, and the differences that make them each unique. In the end, We the People … of Google are always trying to do what we can in Order to form a more perfect Search.
Put another way, this is just a small part of Google’s mission to organize the world’s information — and keep you on Google longer.
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