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CivicSearch is a search and discovery tool for everything that is said in local government meetings, texts, and laws. It covers 545 cities and towns in the US and Canada. Included is recent content from LocalView, a data set of transcripts from city councils and other local government bodies around the US. The data is organized into 75 frequently-discussed local policy topics, and it can also be searched by keyword and location. Who is CivicSearch meant for?

  • Local policymakers can see how nearby cities and towns are tackling problems similar to their own.
  • Social scientists can explore the wide variety of approaches that cities are taking to solve urgent problems in categories such as affordable housing, cycling infrastructure, and cannabis regulation.
  • Everyday residents can keep tabs on how their elected leaders are discussing topics of concern to them, such as their local schools, streets, and parks.

To start exploring, select one of the examples above, one of the buttons below, or enter a topic or place of interest to you at the top of the page. Then sign up to receive email updates on the topics local governments are talking about. (Updates will arrive 1-4 times a month.) To sign up, enter your name and zip code below. CivicSearch is a free service. You can send us feedback or view our privacy policy.”

More than 2 million research papers have disappeared from the Internet

Nature: “More than one-quarter of scholarly articles are not being properly archived and preserved, a study of more than seven million digital publications suggests. The findings, published in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication on 24 January, indicate that systems to preserve papers online have failed to keep pace with the growth of research… Continue Reading

LLRX February 2024 Issue

Articles and Columns for February 2024 Scam Baiting: An Innovative Approach to Combating Online Fraud – Kyra Strick AI in Banking and Finance, February 29, 2024 – Sabrina I. Pacifici Toward a durable, dictator-proof Washington Post – David H. Rothman What Happens to Your Sensitive Data When a Data Broker Goes Bankrupt? – Jon Keegan Publishing… Continue Reading

A Pain-Free Way to Secure All Your Online Accounts

WSJ via MSN: “There’s a basic equation for online security: Long, unique passwords + two-factor authentication = safer money, work and personal data With a password manager, that first component is easy. The software can create a different hard-to-guess combination of numbers and letters for each online account you have. It also stores those gibberish… Continue Reading

AI in Banking and Finance February 29, 2024

Via LLRX – AI in Banking and Finance February 29, 2024 – This semi-monthly column by Sabrina I. Pacifici highlights news, government documents, NGO/IGO papers, industry white papers, academic papers and speeches on the subject of AI’s fast paced impact on the banking and finance sectors. The chronological links provided are to the primary sources,… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 2, 2024

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 2, 2024 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on… Continue Reading

Rogue Editors Started a Competing Wikipedia That’s Only About Roads

Gizmodo: “For 20 years, a loosely organized group of Wikipedia editors toiled away curating a collection of 15,000 articles on a single subject: the roads and highways of the United States. Despite minor disagreements, the US Roads Project mostly worked in harmony, but recently, a long-simmering debate over the website’s rules drove this community to… Continue Reading

U.S. prescription drug market in disarray as ransomware gang attacks

Washington Post via MSN: “A ransomware gang once thought to have been crippled by law enforcement has snarled prescription processing for millions of Americans over the past week, forcing some to choose between paying prices hundreds or thousands of dollars above their usual insurance-adjusted rates or going without lifesaving medicine. Insurance giant UnitedHealthcare Group said… Continue Reading