World acclaimed Liberian child rights activist Dr. Kimmie Weeks is in the U.S. state of California to speak at a major international summit being hosted by the internet giant GOOGLE. The conference which is called the Google Ideas Summit is being held in West Lake California on July 17th – 19th. The Google Ideas Summit is a think/do tank that convenes unorthodox stakeholders, commissions research, and seeds initiatives to explore the role that technology can play in tackling some of the toughest human challenges.
The Google Idea’s Conference is bringing together at least 200 relevant minds and stakeholders to discuss illicit networks including drug cartels, money launderers and human traffickers. Organized by Google and the Council on Foreign Relations and other organizations, the summit speakers and participants will look for ways to use technology to disrupt international crime. Other speakers at the summit include Eric Schmidt (Chairman of Google), Michael Chertoff (former US Sec. of Homeland Security), Ronald Noble (Secretary of Interpol), and Andrew Weber (Assistant U.S Defense Secretary) among many others.
Kimmie Weeks noted: “Large companies like google have a huge stick in preventing and ending illicit networks. Not only do they have the resources, but more so they have the technological knowhow and the credibility to help organizations at the forefront of disrupting illicit networks become successful.” Weeks is expected to focus his talk on the use of children in armed conflict and how technology can be used to end this.
“It might sound like a different path for Google, but technology companies today have a lot of powerful tools for bringing transparency to these illicit networks, to fight back against corruption and empower those who are trying to combat transnational crime,” said Stewart Patrick, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who helped organize the conference.
After his participation in the Google Summit, Kimmie Weeks will participate in global summits including the Annual Meeting of New Champions in China, the World Economic Forum on India and the World Economic Forum’s main event in Davos Switzerland.