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Schmidt: ‘If Google had algorithm to detect terrorists, we’d use it’

May 1st, 2013
06:53 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

In the days after the Boston bombings, a YouTube account was found with the username Tamerlan Tsarnaev, which included a playlist labeled “terrorists.”

“If there were an algorithm to detect terrorists, trust me, we would use it,” Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday. Google owns YouTube.

He is the author of a new book, “The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business,” about the perils and promises of the Internet.

His co-author, Jared Cohen, is a former State Department adviser who now holds the nouveau title of Director of Google Ideas.

“Future terrorists are going to have to opt into technology if they want to be relevant,” Cohen told Amanpour. “In the future, there’s going to be no hidden people.”

The Tsarnaev brothers may have carried out the attacks in Boston despite their online profiles. But, as law enforcement, government, and business become more adept at tracking internet activity, terrorists too could be more easily rooted out.

Watch the video above to see the full interview with Schmidt and Cohen, and to find out why the internet may increase Iran’s population ten-fold.


Filed under:  Boston bombings • Latest Episode

Is it medically ethical to force-feed Guantanamo detainees?

May 1st, 2013
06:21 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

There’s a life-and-death tug-of-war going on between President Barack Obama and more than 100 prisoners who would rather die than stay alive forever at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

Nearly all of the inmates there have never been charged with a crime.

Twenty-three detainees and counting have lost so much weight that they are being force-fed.

A doctor's code is "do no harm," but it is also to respect the autonomy or the independence of the patient.

That’s according to world-renowned bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the NYU Medical Center.  FULL POST


Filed under:  Guantanamo • Latest Episode