Google's immense intelligence assets can be brought to bear on the Mexican drug trafficking cartels, Eric Schmidt, Google Inc.'s executive chairman, suggested at a conference in Los Angeles, the Associated Press is reporting.

Google's ideas include creating a network so citizens can safely report cartel activity without fear of retribution. It wants to make sharing real-time intelligence easier among police in different regions. It can identify how individuals are connected to each other, to bank accounts and even to corrupt government officials. It can create community Web platforms for citizens to share information and name and shame criminals.

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