After government spying reports, Obama says he wants "open, free, and innovative" Internet

US President Obama meets with representatives for Microsoft, Zynga, and others to discuss national security, other topics.

Image Credit: White House Flickr

United States President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with executives from technology firms including Microsoft and Zynga yesterday to discuss topics like national security, HealthCare.Gov, and how the technology sector can help boost the US economy.

The White House press office has released details of the meeting, which explains on a high-level what was discussed during the get-together in the Roosevelt Room. Microsoft executive vice president Brad Smith and Zynga cofounder Mark Pincus were in attendance, though it's not clear what specific points the pair offered or if gaming came up at all.

The group discussed national security issues, which have made headlines of late thanks to the many leaked documents from former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden. The President said he wants an "open, free, and innovative" Internet and listened to the group's "concerns and recommendations." He said he will consider their input regarding intelligence programs.

Obama also said he remains focused on improving the ways in which technology is delivered as a means to "maximize innovation, efficiency, and customer service." Also during the meeting, the group discussed the progress being made to improve the performance and capacity issues with HealthCare.Gov, which has struggled so far.

In addition to Microsoft and Zynga, representatives for leading technology firms like Facebook, Yahoo, and Twitter were in attendance.

Last week, new documents from Snowden showed that American and British agents infiltrated World of Warcraft and Xbox Live as a means to hunt terrorists. Microsoft has since joined a coalition calling for government surveillance reform.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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338 comments
nirmalbalaji
nirmalbalaji

Actually they were invited to fix his Obamacare website.

ecter1216
ecter1216

Give us a cheaper and better internet infrastructure. Its sad that koreans have way faster and way cheaper internet then the US. +1 for Google and there google fiber...if you are in that area. 

Zoza24
Zoza24

Too bad that i don't believe any of this shit..


news like this is like playing with the people regarding credibility.

Obama wants an open Internet?, lol i call that bullshit.

urstupd
urstupd

I first thought, microsoft might have turned on their policies to work for the U.S. government, a lawsuit!, though Snowden revealed a little too much about how they work, a lawsuit on paper does not help. Then Obama say, I want a free internet, a stasi state always lie, it's the last thing they want, they want full control over the internet, NSA are building huge data storage halls in the U.S. and in Weisbaden Germany, it is a myth that the internet is a free place, in the future, internet as you know it as today, will go underground. 

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

Too bad he doesn't have the power to do anything about then.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I could not have imagined the comments being any other way. Obama is not an asshole. He got way in over his head when he got elected and he of course still is. So maybe he shouldn't have run for re-election. His wife is a genuinely good person as well as her brother. I know people who know her brother and he cares deeply for his players(he's a basketball coach in case you didn't know) and wants nothing but the best for them. Damn I sound like a tool, but it's the truth. So I base that on Obama having caring family members who care about him so I assume he's not a tyrant asshole a lot of people label him as.

Martyr77
Martyr77

I am so sick of the lies.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Anyone else notice how skinny Obama's left leg is? No metaphor, just saying it as a neutral observer.

Johnson94
Johnson94

How are people going to fall for such a blatant lie? All the programs done by the NSA has been listed by Snowden and none of them actually focusing on improving said wanted qualities. Unless what Obama meant by that is an innovative way in eavesdropping people over countless miles.

grove67
grove67

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grove67
grove67

this picture is almost similar to saints row iv

brdeftone
brdeftone

What I hear when ever Obama opens his mouth "Blah blah blah LIE blah blah Lie blah blah blah". Just go the fuck away loser!

gowofwarKratos
gowofwarKratos

Edward Snowden is the real hero and Obama's government wants to take credit by say they want  an "open and  free Internet"? Fuck all in US government that brings only lies to people.

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

From the picture, i think he could use a new phone (or two)...

also more books, i got much more just from my elementary school

and where is his computer (not on the desk)


Also does he put his leg on his work desk in his home too (thou now, white house is his home, so yea... shame on him)

no blank papers and pens on the desk? He holds every thought he has in his mind, and can solve world issues without the need of paper?... wow what a genius... strange how he didn't won a nobel prize... oh yea, he did...

But not for science, but for peace for invading and bombarding other countries, and ordering the use of unmanned drones that kill civilians and says that they are (civilians) just an acceptable collateral damage.


Now this epic genius, with a nobel prize and with a brain that can hold his every responsibility, says that he wants a free, open and innovative internet...
After all he said and did, i believe every word that comes out of his mouth...

Even his PR that let that picture come publicly available should get a new job...

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

lol, im waiting for the day that GOOGLES robots storm the whitehouse. Scary times ahead.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

I would go on a long anti government, anti police state rant but all I have to say is if Obama is so for an open, free, and innovative internet then why is he participating in the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) which has long reaching implications on our internet freedom, if the TPP passes Obama will have the right to feed us a censored internet where you don't even notice the information your not getting, it is a way to silence dissidents and keep giving us disinformation, after Edward Snowden, food stamp, and school system cuts his approval rating has nosedived and there is a lot of tension right now centered around his actions (drone bombing a wedding party for one) and he doesn't want the people to actually stand up.

Hey I did go on a big rant what do you know.

kingnothing47
kingnothing47

I hope whomever spies on me loves MLP as much as I do

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

BULL-FUCKING-SHIT! Oturdma has been on of the biggest enemies of free speech and an open internet. Fuck you oshitma and your socialist lies!

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...And I want a Maserati, but something tells me I won't be getting that either...

Paul2004
Paul2004

I call BS on this :). He wants a "Open and free" internet yet allows the agency's to spy on it and when someone blows their little gaming party they want his head.....sure sounds open and free to me XD. Nice try but the net is our playground, the USA is yours so dont try to screw us.

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

I don't think that Obama is corrupt, to me he is just being the president of USA, US is nation that grew to the point it became the most powerful nation, however, a power that big comes with a price, in US case deep paranoia, extreme fear of being betrayed, stolen, hurt... 

He is just trying to protect the ego of the country, sounds crazy but that's the reality, or does everyone thinks that Brazil, England, China, South Korea, Japan, Russia and many others doesn't spies on others countries, I don't see anyone talking about the spying performed by others countries.


Besides all of this, let's not forget that all this spying existed before Obama's government, it was just found on his govern.

noandno
noandno

Open spying

Free surveilance

Innovative bugging

by-passer
by-passer

Okay what is wrong with this whole picture... Microsoft sure. Facebook sure. Twitter sure..... Zygna... ZYGNA??

Skrilla_XS
Skrilla_XS

Microsoft making meetings with the government to tap into them Kinect cameras.

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

He wants "open, free, and innovative" Internet, to make it easier for the NSA to spy on us.

gam3r80
gam3r80

How about an internet that has less spying maybe? and less government buggering .. eh?

TheLeftHandDoom
TheLeftHandDoom

How many times can this guy lie to you before you tell him to just stop talking.  Every campaign promise was a lie.  Gitmo is still open.  Drones are killing civilians, The most "transparent" government ever is riddled with surveillance reminiscent of the cold-war.  Fast and Furious. IRS targeting conservative organizations.  "if you like your insurance your can keep it."  Obama might just be the most dishonest president in history .

Shango4
Shango4

I just came here for the bitchy Obama haters.

thechuck11
thechuck11

He spews lies so easily now, glad to see he's become a real politician. The government is out of control and people just eat the crap that comes out of his mouth so they can feel better, pathetic

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

Obama is corrupt and untrustworthy, and whatever Democrat/Republican that comes after him will be just as untrustworthy, and probably more so, only building on the crap that's come from this presidency and the one before it. The founding fathers of the US were against the existence of political parties, and now we're seeing why: The party comes first, their self-interest comes second, we come last. They're nothing but a couple of runaway street gangs.

George Washington was an Independent.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

The Terrorists got exactly what they wanted. All of our freedoms are being taken away. And it's our own governments. Who are the real terrorists ?

CnConrad
CnConrad

What a lier. How can one man lie so much yet still be in power.

Starting to miss dumb ol' Dubya more and more.

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"We want you to be more open, more free, and more innovative with the amount of details you provide us without your knowledge!"


open, free, and innovative is what the internet was supposed to be. It is far from what it is when big brother is watching everything you do because, hey, it's there!


Anyway, I think we lost the war on Terror when we let the "Terror" part completely overran what it was that we stood for. Don't worry though, we are spending millions making sure that video games don't undermine our values as a nation...as long as they don't inconvenience those funding the political process...


As for the "listening to their concerns and input" part, I'm sure they can draft up a nice letter to Obama and that he'll put the White House's paper shredder to good use!

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@tightwad34You need to google what The queen (Mrs Obama ) said about the USA before she became queen.  FYI She hated the USA. Yes. HATED. And she made statements saying it. Wonder if she likes it now that she is queen........

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

@tightwad34Oh I don't think Obama is a bad person per se, nor do I think his intentions are bad but I'm not too worried about that either way. At the end of the day I'm more concerned about if he can do his job well or not, whether he's an asshole or not doesn't matter.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@noirtenshin LOL at the phone jab. They do look quite primitive based on today's standards. Not to mention it's the freakin' white house so you would think....their phones are untappable and maybe the older phones are just that. What is the government going to do, not spy on themselves?

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@Paul2004They forgot to report the "*" after "open and free"


Should have read, "open*, free*, and innovative*"

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@SohereiamObama had some great ambitions. The problem is that once you become president almost none of that is possible.

The president doesn't run the country, and anyone who truly thinks he is in charge of much is fooling themselves.

Go educate yourself before you start blasting him, or any other president.

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@TheLeftHandDoomI doubt he's the most dishonest president in history. I think he's probably just the one whose been caught the most....

tightwad34
tightwad34

@thechuck11 Ever think about the other side? Like you may be eating the crap you are fed by the other side? Not saying you  are wrong, but you gotta look at it from both angles. It's the god damn government and they will tell you anything to get you all riled up.

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

@GSGuy321War, the act of a military power confront another military power.

Terrorism, the act of using a military power against civilians.

Yep, they really are terrorists.

haze0986
haze0986

@GSGuy321 the gvt and terrorists are one in the same, the gvt uses them to further enslave us, if thats not clear by now we are truly lost

haze0986
haze0986

@CnConrad they work for the same people, theres no difference between bush and obama

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@CnConrad I'm pretty confident both are tools. and I mean that in every sense of the word. They are just figureheads that is being told what to say and do. Neither of the 2 knew anything about the economy or the financial world. They do what somebody "suggest"s they do. Because they don't know or care to know any better.

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@CnConradHe's a politician. That's their whole thing. Lie. Lie. And Lie some more!


If you want a good analysis of what it takes to be a sucessful politician, I suggest listening to "Politics" by Bob Crosby and the Bobcats. It's a great song!


"If you can treat the general public like a bunch of hicks, your in politics, yes'ser'ee!"

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

@VenkmanPHD@SohereiamDid you read what I posted?

I'm didn't blasted him, I merely said that all of this existed before him, and that blaming him while many others countries are in similar situation is sheer hypocrisy.