United States President Barack Obama is expected to meet with Microsoft executive vice president Brad Smith, Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus, and executives from Facebook, Apple, Comcast, Netflix, and Google. The President will discuss the roll-out of the HealthCare.gov web site and how the government can partner with technology companies in the future (something that probably should have been discussed prior to the website's less-than-stellar launch earlier this year), and about surveillance issues.
According to TIME political reporter Zeke Miller, who obtained notes for the planned meeting, President Obama and tech executives will discuss national security and the "economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures." 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 contractor Edward Snowden showed that American and British spy agencies infiltrated World of Warcraft, Second Life, and Xbox Live as a means to keep tabs on terrorists. Microsoft, Google and other tech giants have formed a coalition calling for government surveillance reform and the ability to disclose government requests for user information. Companies cannot disclose this currently under the law because that information is classified.
We will have more on this story as it develops.