Obama meeting with Microsoft, Zynga to discuss government surveillance

President to meet with tech leaders Tuesday to discuss economic impact of "unauthorized intelligence disclosures," as well as variety of other topics.


Image Credit: White House Flickr
Image Credit: White House Flickr

Tomorrow at the White House, President Obama will meet with representatives for technology giants including Microsoft and Zynga to discuss government surveillance, HealthCare.gov, and how government can partner with technology firms to grow the United States economy.

TIME political reporter Zeke Miller obtained the meeting notes for the get-together, which reveals Microsoft executive vice president Brad Smith and Zynga cofounder Mark Pincus will be in attendance. Representatives for Facebook, Apple, Comcast, Netflix, and Google will also attend the meeting.

During the conference, Obama and the tech executives will discuss progresss made in addresing performance and capacity issues with HealthCare.Gov (the site struggled mightily when it launched), as well as how government can better deliver information technology to "maximize innovation, efficiency, and customer service."

Also during the meeting, Obama and the tech leaders will address national security and the "economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures." Lastly, the President will speak with the executives about new ways that the Administration can partner with the technology sector to grow the economy, create jobs, and "address issues around incoming inequality and social mobility."

Last week, new documents from former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward 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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