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.