February 21, 2024
They don't go missing or get torn and tattered, but e-books are posing concerns for U.S. libraries as publishers insist on restrictive and costly digital licensing contracts, librarians say.
"We have to pay for every single checkout, have major limitations on how many copies we can have ... and a lot of other arbitrary issues," said Alison Macrina, a librarian and director of the Library Freedom Project, an advocacy group.
February 12, 2024
A neighbour had already warned Todd Maxon of seeing something unusual hovering over his lakeside Michigan property – but then, suddenly, there it was.
"I walk out of my house, with my dog and kid, and here's a drone, directly above me," Maxon recalled of the 2018 incident.
February 05, 2024
The U.S. government decision last week to pause new gas-export permits will not remove the massive facility retired oil and gas worker John Allaire sees from his Louisiana property, but it will at least likely halt the plant's planned tripling in size.
The export terminal is one of several built in the rural, sparsely populated coastal area over the past decade that have transformed the local economy, but also led to rising protests and unease among residents worried about the environment.
January 31, 2024
Wildfires fuelled by climate change rip regularly through the wooded hills around Paradise, flattening its modest Californian housing and forcing a tough, new choice on residents.
Should they stay or should they go?
January 18, 2024
Washingtonians curious about what the Franklin D Reeves Center would look like after redevelopment didn't have to wonder for long: all they had to do was scan a QR code on the pavement and hold their smartphones up to the hulking building.
Thanks to the magic of 3D graphics and augmented reality (AR), they could see a sleek glass-fronted space that would, when finished, house the national headquarters of the African American advocacy group NAACP as well as a dance theatre, restaurant and more.
January 12, 2024
For Dwight Mullen, the very public reparations process in Asheville, North Carolina, is an extension of his decades of behind-the-scenes data work on inequity.
The retired political science professor started digging into local racial disparities nearly 20 years ago – in health, education, criminal justice and other areas.
December 22, 2023
Emma Weber traces the start of her climate activism to wildfires that two years ago burned hundreds of houses in Boulder, Colorado, and forced her family to evacuate their home.
"I was (coming) home from visiting my grandparents when I got a call from my friend. I could tell she was crying," Weber, now 16 and a high school junior, told Context, recalling how her friend warned her of the danger.
December 11, 2023
With abortion bans elsewhere in the United States forcing women to travel to clinics in her state, Massachusetts lawmaker Kate Lipper-Garabedian wanted to make sure no one could trace their steps by buying their cellphone location data.
Called the Location Shield Act, state legislation proposed by Lipper-Garabedian would be the first in the country to prohibit the sale of cellphone location information to data brokers.
November 29, 2023
By the time Stephanie Deitrick started writing an AI policy for the city of Tempe, Arizona, she worried it was already too late.
"It had been on my mind as something that we really need to look at ... before we're hit with something we're not expecting," said Deitrick, the city's chief data and analytics officer. "And then ChatGPT was released."
November 28, 2023
When Mike Quigley first heard about plans for a major new electrical transmission line running through central Arizona, it was with a mix of emotions.
The 125-mile (200-km) high-voltage line, known as Ten West Link, would bring solar energy from the Arizona desert to millions of consumers in California – part of the more than doubling of electrical grid capacity the government last month said is needed to decarbonise the energy sector by 2035.