President Obama is set the meet with Silicon Valley’s top executives at the White House Tuesday to discuss National Security Agency surveillance programs and HealthCare.gov.
“Tomorrow, President Obama will meet with executives from leading tech companies to discuss progress made in addressing performance and capacity issues with HealthCare.Gov and how government can better deliver IT to maximize innovation, efficiency and customer service,” the administration announced Monday.
“The meeting will also address national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures. Finally, the president will discuss ways his administration can partner with the tech sector to further grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility,” a White House spokesman said.
The White House wasted no time announcing the meeting on the same day a U.S. District Court judge ruled the NSA’s bulk collection of domestic phone records and metadata are likely unconstitutional. Companies like AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo have written month’s worth of letters to both the White House and Congress asking for greater program transparency, and the ability to disclose the information requests they receive from the government.
A list of guests include Apple C.E.O. Tim Cook, Twitter C.E.O. Dick Costolo, Etsy C.E.O. Chad Dickerson, Netflix C.E.O. Reed Hastings, Dropbox C.E.O. Drew Houston, Yahoo! C.E.O. Marissa Mayer, Salesforce Chief Legal Officer Burke Norton, Zynga Chief Product Officer and Chairman Mark Pincus, Sherpa Global Co-C.E.O. Shervin Pishevar, Comcast C.E.O. Brian Roberts, LinkedIn Vice-President Erika Rottenberg, Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Microsoft Executive Vice-President Brad Smith, and AT&T C.E.O. Randall Stephenson.