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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.


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    Google glasses uploading streaming media to The Cloud by thousands of volunteer drones. No search warrant required as recently passed for authorities to access anything on the web. Big Brother is livin' large and we LOVE HIM!

    May 2, 2013 at 3:12 am | Reply
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    Well, as long as our governments remain unethical and totally capitalist agendas, u can never think of a world without terrorists. technologies such as PEMF as sold by earthpulse technologies still remain shrouded in the shadows by the FDA and the big pharma supported governments never think of good of the people except their own selfish interests.

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    I dunno, if I were a terrorist I sure as hell would not have the word "terrorist" on any of my social media sites.

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