Tim Cook (Senate hearing 001)

The White House has announced that President Obama is scheduled to meet with a number of tech executives tomorrow to discuss a wide range of subjects. Two of the big topics on the menu are said to be the NSA and the troubled HealthCare.gov website.

In addition, the group—which includes Apple CEO Tim Cook, Twitter’s Dick Costolo, Netflix’s Reed Hastings, and Dropbox’s Drew Houston—will discuss ways the Obama administration can partner with the tech sector to create new jobs and grow the economy…

Here’s the report from Time:

“Tomorrow, President Obama will meet with executives from leading tech companies 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,” a White House official said. “The meeting will also address national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures. Finally, the President will discuss ways his Administration can partner with the tech sector to further grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility.”

And here’s the full guest list:

  • Tim Cook, CEO, Apple
  • Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
  • Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy
  • Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO, Netflix
  • Drew Houston, Founder & CEO, Dropbox
  • Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!
  • Burke Norton, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce
  • Mark Pincus, Founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga
  • Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Sherpa Global
  • Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast
  • Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, LinkedIn
  • Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
  • Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
  • Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft
  • Randall Stephenson, Chairman & CEO, AT&T

This will be the second time in the last 6 months that Tim Cook and several of these executives have met with Obama to discuss privacy concerns and government surveillance. Many of them convened back in August following Edward Snowden’s staggering NSA slide leaks.

Those slide leaks, which happened in early June, named 9 major tech companies—including Apple—as willing participants in a government surveillance program known as PRISM. Apple, like the other companies, has since issued a statement denying its involvement.

Earlier this month, Apple joined Microsoft, Facebook and other tech companies in urging Congress to reform government surveillance tactics.

  • Sgt. ThroatPunch

    Greedy thieves and liars, sounds like a good time.

  • Alex Marwaha

    I think he just wants some autographs.

  • Adam Bowman

    “The meeting will also address national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures.”


    Shouldn’t this instead say:

    The meeting will also address government and corporate credibility in light of the unconstitutional intelligence practices.


    I must be missing something. What, exactly, is this meeting really about?

    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

      A get together for a picnic.

      • thetomthebomb

        He disrespected da bing. I wanna sitdown.

    • Ted Forbes

      To shut these guys up as NSA go about its business collecting data on us. Everybody will be in agreement and in denial regardless to what the press say.

      Who else is best to do this job other than Obama, he is the only tech savvy president and might be the only one to do this quietly and friendly.

      Don’t be fools, they will tell you what you want to hear, but they will never give up spying on you its the oldest trade of man. So don’t hold your breath, this meeting is not for you or about you its more than that.

      The government uses this opportunity to keep up with their enemies. If our government can practice on us and succeed they can successfully spy on their enemies and hit him when they least expect.

      They need this, and they will do this it will be a colossal and catastrophic mistake for government to give this up. The enemy will not give this up and for our goverment to appease us is be at the enemies advantage.

      • Kurt

        Go to las vegas and there are microphones in the street lamps. “for your safety of course” Obama is evil and Tim Cook is a far lefty too so we should expect the worst from any such meetings

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    Verizon is not in there. What about Sprint and Tmobile? Time Warner ? Sony? Samsung? Huawei? (last one is a joke).

  • Preet Patel

    The first pic us just hilarious……seems like he saw Larry page naked hahahahaha

  • Rick Hart

    They’re all trying to get an exemption from the obamacare shit too! Just like all of congress

  • Arthur Geron

    There is no way they are going to stop spyng on people, they are crazy about security, anti-terrorism and shit.. Unless our technological world start to focus on open-code softwares we will need to deal with this kind of shit