Google seeks to join fight against drugs

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Google is “committed” to develop products that help combat organized crime, told AFP one of its senior executives at the end of a summit on illicit networks with the participation of a former Colombian drug traffickers and Mexican Interior Minister.

“We are absolutely committed to see what kind of products we develop, which can be used anywhere in the world and that will give people the opportunity to bring to justice the illicit networks,” said Jared Cohen, the young director of Google Ideas.

Cohen, whose previous job was at the hands of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the State Department’s then-President George W. Bush hosted the summit for contacting victims of organized crime with technology specialists and government officials.

The purpose of the meeting, which ended Wednesday, was to analyze jointly-on workshops closed to the press-ways of combating illicit networks.

In his talk with AFP, Cohen explained that the committee of experts worked “divide all (participants) workshops.”

“Over the coming days,” he continued, ” will study all the information and ideas gained from these workshops to decide what to do next. “

This “could be the development of a product,” he added, although “it is very difficult to develop a single product that works only for a country. For the company makes more sense to look at the illicit networks from a global perspective, holistically.”

This means that Google would seek to develop a product thinking simultaneously on the drug cartels, traffickers in women, organ traffickers and arms smugglers and other criminal networks.

In the two-day meeting, which took place in Thousand Oaks, near Los Angeles, involving experts and survivors of these networks.

Including former Colombian drug trafficker said Andres Lopez, who wrote from jail “The cartel of the toads,” which recounts his experience in the North Valley Cartel.

I became a drug dealer in the mid-80. At that time criminal groups interacted with each other, but then came the war, then began to cluster geographically and it emerged that people call the drug cartels “, narrated.

It was then that the business began operation “based on terror, intimidating civil society, to the authorities.”

He also had an emotional involvement of the U.S. Withelma “T” Ortiz, a survivor of sexual exploitation, who was prostituted as a child and has worked in favor of victims of child abuse since he fled his captors at age 17.

While the Mexican Minister of the Interior (Interior), Alejandro Poire, described the situation in his country, where 50,000 people have died from drug trafficking in the past six years, and proposed a cellular application for community involvement in the reporting of crimes.

“So what?” He told AFP one of the panelists, who declined to be identified. “This summit is a very expensive which makes it very good advertising to Google for its commitment to NGOs, but … so what?” He said.

Man, one of the main participants in the talks, said there was disappointment among his colleagues noticed the lack of concrete proposals.

Is this going to do to reduce the arms trade? The sexual exploitation? Google is not announcing the development of a tool here, “he said.

Asked about it, the leader of Google Ideas Jared Cohen said: “We are in an intermediate stage.”

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