President Barack Obama To Meet With Top Executives Of Technology Companies At White House To Discuss Healthcare.gov, NSA Leaks, Economy

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on December 17 2013 1:49 AM
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U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington on December 5, 2013. Reuters

President Barack Obama will meet with several top executives of the nation's technology industry to discuss issues that have plagued the Healthcare.gov website and to address the consequences their firms face in connection to the National Security Agency files leaked by Edward Snowden.

Those who are reported to attend the White House session include Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Marissa Mayer, chief executive of Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) and Brad Smith, executive vice president and general counsel of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Obama plans “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,” according to a White House official, who was quoted by the Washington Post.

The meeting will also address “the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures” and what the government can do to work “with the tech sector to further grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility,” the official added.

The meeting follows a federal judge’s ruling on Monday, in a lawsuit brought by conservative activist Larry Klayman, that the NSA’s surveillance program is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon issued a preliminary injunction against the program, before suspending the order on an appeal by the Justice Department. The decision is seen as a precursor for rulings that are expected to follow as federal judges in New York and California review lawsuits against NSA surveillance.

“The court concludes that plaintiffs have standing to challenge the constitutionality of the government's bulk collection and querying of phone record metadata, that they have demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their Fourth Amendment claim (of unlawful search and seizure), and that they will suffer irreparable harm absent…relief,” Leon said, according to a USA Today report.

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) CEO Dick Costolo, Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) CEO Brian Roberts and AT&T (NYSE:T) CEO Randall Stephenson are also among those expected to attend the White House meeting.

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