Google's Drug War vs. Mexico's Cartels

Google, so far, has won the search engine wars. Now it wants to target international crime, including Mexico's powerful drug cartels.

Eric Schmidt, Google Inc.'s executive chairman, has taken a keen interest in Mexico, where more than 47,500 people have been killed in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the cartels in 2006. Schmidt recently visited most of Mexico's most violent cities, Ciudad Juarez, where civic leaders asked if he could help.

"Defeated, helpless, these people have been so hardened in their experience with cartels that they have lost battles and they have lost hope," Schmidt told a conference on international crime this week. "They were looking for a universal hammer to protect them. For me the answer was obvious. It was technology."

Experts told the conference that Mexico's cartels often use more sophisticated technology than law enforcement. Cartel assets include mapping software that tracks the location of police from high-tech control rooms; remote control submarines; and military grade rocket launchers.

Drug-dealing organizations can intercept satellite feeds, including images broadcast by intelligence agency drones. They run money laundering networks that handle an estimated $25 billion a year in drug profits.

"It's a technological arms race, and at this moment they're winning," said Marc Goodman, founder of Future Crimes, who studies the nexus of technology and transnational crime. "But there's never been an operating system that hasn't been hacked."

Google's immense intelligence assets can be brought to bear on the cartels, Schmidt suggested.

Google's ideas include creating a network so citizens can safely report cartel activity without fear of retribution. It wants to make sharing real-time intelligence easier among police in different regions. It can identify how individuals are connected to each other, to bank accounts and even to corrupt government officials. It can create community Web platforms for citizens to share information and name and shame criminals.

Talk also addressed human and arms trafficking, exploitation of child soldiers, and airport and seaport security.

- Read the entire article at the Huffington Post.

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really?

His solution: Millions if not billions of dollars...
Cartels solution: A 50 cent bullet with is name on it...

Seriously, while Google has seemingly endless cash, so do the cartel's, and they're just as capable of recruiting some Google reject computer nerd to defeat their systems. This guy should just keep his mouth shut, at least for his family's sake.

Some cartel gang banger is probably outside this guy's castle right now, or following his kids to school. That's how these guy's role... NOT hiding behind a computer monitor.

To bad for him that firewall's don't stop bullets, how dumb can this guy be? Seriously?

I could go on and on but I don't see the need, and I think I made my point.

This doesn't solve anything

This doesn't solve anything it just perpetuates an arms race.
The only answer is to legalize drugs.

The only news in this story,

The only news in this story, for most people, will be google's existing ability to know how many pieces of corn you ate six months, who you ate with, what you talked about, and the denominations it was paid for in, down to the date printed on it.

Who is the real cartel and who is the real government.

Google is ultimately smart enough to know what the root of the issue is, but more then greedy enough to want to cash their billion dollar cheque which will only help them showcase their oppressive capabilities to governments like china and canada.

I guess the mission statement

I guess the mission statement of every cartel can now be "do no harm".

Wrong Answer

Take your money and help Legalize Marijuana; We have been sending money and guns to the Mexicans and it doesn't work! Jeezzzz!

Let's be clear: Google's

Let's be clear:

Google's forte is in data acquisition (stealing your private/personal information) and analysis (using it against you).

Their talent and experience isn't in keeping that information safe, it's in making it as available as possible.

In light of that, they've made a number of infamous blunders already. Including locking out every single web page from their search engines due to human and procedural error.

"This site may harm your computer" on every search result?!?!

http://googleblog.blogspot.ca/2009/01/this-site-may-harm-your-computer-o...

Or how about not locking their Gmail accounts backdoor, that the US government made them instal, allowing the Chinese government hackers to waltz right in and squat awhile:

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/01/23/schneier.google.hacking/index....

You can bet your sweet ass anything they sell the mexican government will have those backdoors just as well, and they'll be just as secured.

Another example of human error at google:
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1069576--google-programmer-publi...

Or maybe this is just an elaborate plan for Google to offload their now infamous google Buzz network that was subject to class action:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Buzz#Reception

"Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that Google Buzz "violated user expectations, diminished user privacy, contradicted Google's privacy policy, and may have violated federal wiretap laws"

'the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote "These problems arose because Google attempted to overcome its market disadvantage in competing with Twitter and Facebook by making a secondary use of your information. Google leveraged information gathered in a popular service (Gmail) with a new service (Buzz), and set a default to sharing your email contacts to maximize uptake of the service. In the process, the privacy of Google users was overlooked and ultimately compromised." '

As you can see, that wasn't even by accident.. it was just the typical "F U, because we can".

"We have seen a storm of protest and outrage over alleged privacy violations" Jennifer Stoddard

"Google e-mailed Gmail users to tell them about the outcome of the lawsuit. As part of its settlement, Google will create an $8.5 million fund to award money to groups that promote privacy education on the web"

Basically, it sounds like they'll be unloading their infamously failed Buzz, and more importantly, the tactics involved with it, on to mexico.

'One user blogged about how Buzz automatically added her abusive ex-boyfriend as a follower and exposed her communications with a current partner to him. Other bloggers commented that repressive governments in countries such as China or Iran could use Buzz to expose dissidents". '

Now google is promising they can keep informant information safe? This will be google's first act of genocide.

What a terrific photograph of

What a terrific photograph of Eric Von Schmidt!

You can just visualize him loving that big, thick, juicy, oppressive cock of prohibition.

You can place a caption right under that:

"This is what happens to the children we imprison gackguckgalgslurp buuuurrrp yeeeeah that's how nanny-google likes it".

Guns kill

Marijuana never killed any one. American guns do though with many bodies piling up. Maybe google should fund the billions+ frivolously spent on Nixon's unpopular drug war instead of having to be paid by American taxpayers. Same in Canada where we are getting sick of people being shot everyday with American made weapons.
Friggin Cowboys.

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Only way to defeat a jew from calofornia and jerusalem is with violance. The jews are little people and puting holes throough there bodies is the only way to go. The jews from california and jerusalem owes.the roman.from toronto large amounts.of money ordered by the courts. Jews are losers and give money for peace. Jews are nothing, only pussies, romans fight likemen, jews fight like little girls. I want to put a hole through a young female jew and her mother and tell her speilberg did it before and break her jaw. Jews are the anti christ and must ALL be taken off this planet with force. The jews are murdering innocent people with uranium and they think there will be no retaliation, violance against jews is yhe only way, ALL JEWS SMELL LIKE CUNT.

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