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(Slashdot)   Google: The "War on Drugs" is great and we want a piece of it   (yro.slashdot.org) divider line 16
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2012-07-18 01:14:47 PM
Translation: We're going to hold a big meeting in order to have it appear as though we care about something while hoping that no one notices the evil thing we're doing at the same time.
 
2012-07-18 01:21:12 PM

Current Resident: Translation: We're going to hold a big meeting in order to have it appear as though we care about something while hoping that no one notices the evil thing we're doing at the same time.


"Oh! And we're going to add an optional flag to the federal access API!"
 
2012-07-18 01:40:01 PM
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2012-07-18 01:40:26 PM
You want to stop the violence in the narcotics trade? Here's what you do: You develop technologies that help drug dealers to avoid getting caught. You develop technologies that allow the evidence to be easily destroyed. You help to develop entirely innocent designs for underwater subs that make it easy to get drugs across borders. You provide education in what to do when you get arrested. You fund the defence of drug dealers. You fund politicians that want legalisation.

And with a bit of luck, you turn it into a legal, licensed trade like alcohol, run by law-abiding tax-paying businesses.

Seriously, that's a really disappointing move by Google. I thought they were smarter than that.
 
2012-07-18 01:55:08 PM
Hey Google, about that "Do no evil" motto...
 
2012-07-18 01:59:16 PM
Well, this will be nice for the prison industry.
 
2012-07-18 02:08:03 PM

farkeruk: You want to stop the violence in the narcotics trade? Here's what you do: You develop technologies that help drug dealers to avoid getting caught. You develop technologies that allow the evidence to be easily destroyed. You help to develop entirely innocent designs for underwater subs that make it easy to get drugs across borders. You provide education in what to do when you get arrested. You fund the defence of drug dealers. You fund politicians that want legalisation.

And with a bit of luck, you turn it into a legal, licensed trade like alcohol, run by law-abiding tax-paying businesses.

Seriously, that's a really disappointing move by Google. I thought they were smarter than that.


I still think legalizing weed would have a huge effect on drug violence.

/but I'm stupid.
 
2012-07-18 02:32:40 PM

zarberg: I still think legalizing weed would have a huge effect on drug violence.


All they got from Paulie was protection from other guys looking to rip them off. That's what it's all about. That's what the FBI can never understand - that what Paulie and the organization offer is protection for the kinds of guys who can't go to the cops. They're like the police department for wiseguys. - Goodfellas

Once you get that, you understand everything about illegal trades in goods. Someone steals your dope, you can't go to the cops. You can't advertise your product, sell it openly or any of those things. The winners in the drug business are those that put their opponents out of business, and that generally involves violence.

The problem with the war on drugs is that it disconnects law from morality and that just doesn't work. People want to produce drugs, people want to buy drugs, people want to sell drugs. None of those people wants anyone else to intervene in what's going on, so it's none of the government's business. And because a lot of people don't think it's morally wrong, you get corrupt law enforcement and customs officers (to the extent that many of their colleagues don't even care that they're doing it). I personally will not pronounce a guilty verdict on someone for possession or dealing in drugs.

Contrast that with something like organ trading. Almost everyone finds that morally wrong. People will go to the police over it and the police won't turn a blind eye.

You can even see a cultural shift. The 80s was absolutely stuffed full of bad guy drug dealers, but people know that the public have a more nuanced view of it today. Everyone knows a few people who smokes some weed.
 
2012-07-18 02:40:09 PM
I like Portugal's approach to narcotics.
 
2012-07-18 03:15:34 PM
Not so fast, subby. Google is not joining the War on Drugs™ necessarily, the War on Drugs is a failed ideology enacted by the government against cartels AND peaceful American citizens.

Google looks to be frying some big fish, real serious crimes going on at a global network scale. I think its safe to assume their focus wont be engaging in the types of shenanigans our domestic "War on Drugs" is associated with.

"Recently, we've expanded our focus to include violent illicit networks such as narco-trafficking, human trafficking, organ harvesting and arms dealing. We believe that technology has the power to expose and dismantle global criminal networks, which depend on secrecy and discretion in order to function. And for the past few months, we've been working with people fighting on the front line to gain a better understanding of what drives these networks and how they function. "
 
2012-07-18 04:50:59 PM
Fark: Linking to another news aggregator's link to a blog post.

/Remember when Fark used to be good?
 
2012-07-18 06:02:45 PM

Memoryalpha: Hey Google, about that "Do no evil" motto...


Well, the article states: that they want to "bring together a full-range of stakeholders, from survivors of organ trafficking, sex trafficking and forced labor to government officials, dozens of engineers, tech leaders and product managers from Google and beyond."

In spite of the headline, I don't see anything about drug traffic so much as organ and sex trafficking.

I really hope that they stay out of the drug war, but I'm perfectly happy with having them fight human trafficking.
 
2012-07-18 07:43:13 PM
My concern is that what works against drug cartels will also work against liberation movements and any other non-state underground organizations.

China et al will soon be asking Google for the skinny on their techniques.
 
2012-07-18 09:03:09 PM

D_Evans45: Not so fast, subby. Google is not joining the War on Drugs™ necessarily, the War on Drugs is a failed ideology enacted by the government against cartels AND peaceful American citizens.

Google looks to be frying some big fish, real serious crimes going on at a global network scale. I think its safe to assume their focus wont be engaging in the types of shenanigans our domestic "War on Drugs" is associated with.

"Recently, we've expanded our focus to include violent illicit networks such as narco-trafficking, human trafficking, organ harvesting and arms dealing. We believe that technology has the power to expose and dismantle global criminal networks, which depend on secrecy and discretion in order to function. And for the past few months, we've been working with people fighting on the front line to gain a better understanding of what drives these networks and how they function. "


once they've established themselves as informers in global matters common citizens would be naturally incorporated by proxy

/ trickle down
 
2012-07-19 01:06:06 AM
The google ceo is now in my death pool. There are people you fark with, the cartels are definitely not ones to fark with. It's only a matter of time before we see a nasty decapitation video starring eric schmidt on best gore.
 
2012-07-19 08:03:02 AM
...modern technology plays a key role in helping to 'expose and dismantle global criminal networks, which depend on secrecy and discretion in order to function.'

They should be going after the CIA. Much more evil than the drug cartels.
 
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