The war against the cartels in Mexico rages on, with losses accumulating on both sides. So far, despite the capture and imprisonment of many people within the cartels and their corrupt government allies, there seems no end in sight. Now, Mexico’s law enforcement looks to have an unlikely and powerful ally coming to their aid - Google Inc. Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of the empire of online search engines is stepping up to do what he can to help win the endless drug wars. His weapon of choice? Advanced technology.
One of the biggest problems that the Mexican government experiences during their fight is that the money-laden cartels often have much better technology that they can bring to bear against legal authorities. By using the right technology, cartels can do anything from tracking police activity to intercepting sensitive transmissions. This allows them to be one step ahead of any moves made against them.
Google hopes to solve some of these problems by introducing better software systems to the Mexican police forces. They hope to set up a private network that citizens can use to report cartel activity without fear of being tracked and punished. They also want to set up better communication systems so that police can communicate without cartels listening in. Another innovation would be to set up a system that tracks bank and government activity so that authorities can find links between cartel members and corrupt politicians. These are only a few of the potential advantages that Google is looking to add to the Mexican police force’s repertoire of resources.
To me, this is a breath of fresh air amidst the consistent reports of companies doing nothing other than setting up new locations and trying to extract money from the strife-torn country. Corporations like Wal-Mart are moving in trying to make money, despite the troubles that the people are going through, putting profits before human lives. Google at least is looking at the bigger picture and putting their money on the line to ensure that someday Mexico’s people will not have to fear being killed because some money-hungry drug lord is looking to increase his bank account and doesn’t care if innocents get killed in the process.