Microsoft VP Brad Smith among tech execs to meet with President Obama Tuesday

Washington DC will be the setting for a major meeting of 15 tech company executives with President Barack Obama. That meeting will include Brad Smith, the vice president and general counsel for Microsoft.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Smith will be joined in the meeting by Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, among others.

One of the big topics of this gathering will be for the executives to personally discuss their concerns over the U.S. government's use of data for intelligence purposes with President Obama. A few days ago, Microsoft joined with many other companies in signing an open letter asking for reforms in government surveillance policies. The letter was the latest chapter in a saga that began when former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents to the media claiming that the NSA had accessed data from Microsoft and other tech businesses for their spy activities.

Other topics at the meeting will include discussing the continued progress towards fixing the government's Healthcare.gov website and how technology companies can help to boost the overall U.S economy.

Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via Microsoft

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I get the feeling the meeting is gonna start with Obama asking them "How do I make you all STFU with your NSA complaints"?

Microsoft sending its head lawyer instead of its CEO, unlike the other companies, tells me they're the only ones sending the right man.

CEOs : so, do you want to gets rid of NSA?
Obama :no,of course not!. It is the opposite, we are asking for a faster connection.

Whilst the topic of this is somewhat clear, and its nice that these people don't think they are above themselves in this matter, this meeting will highlight in full what's been publicised in the news already, so progress would only come from the administration, not the companies.

In this meeting, Obama will show how much he will bend over backwards for the sake of US Economy and word-wide trust!

Let's hope it goes somewhere!

Shahrad said,

In this meeting, Obama will show how much he will bend over backwards for the sake of US Economy and word-wide trust!

Let's hope it goes somewhere!

We already know how much he's willing to give and willing to compromise. Not at all. Unless the execs agree to do exactly as he demands, even if it's the worst possible solution, it will go nowhere.

And of course, it won't be his fault - Microsoft etc. will be to blame for "not cooperating".

why don't they use online software such as Skype , g+ hangout to discuss.

imagine the entire building blow up and repercussion is unthinkable.

they are not aware of safety come first.

I'm not sure what I'd do if offered such a meeting. It would look good on a resume but I'm not sure if I could keep a straight face confronted with politician bull. I believe in the rational philosophy of approaching truth by rejecting fallacies but politicians live off creating fallacies to obscure truth.

I'm not sure why Obama tries to have these meetings. They're pointless when all he does is insist he's the smartest person in the room...

It will just be another waste of time that accomplishes nothing. Just like the rest of his term.

M_Lyons10 said,
I'm not sure why Obama tries to have these meetings. They're pointless when all he does is insist he's the smartest person in the room...

It will just be another waste of time that accomplishes nothing. Just like the rest of his term.

I met him once, he didn't tell me he was the smartest person, nor even act like it.

Although I do have an uncle that thinks Obama is trying to be too smart for a person of color. Are you, by chance, my uncle?

(This type of dismissive political crap, is pointless.)

Mobius Enigma said,

I met him once, he didn't tell me he was the smartest person, nor even act like it.

Although I do have an uncle that thinks Obama is trying to be too smart for a person of color. Are you, by chance, my uncle?

(This type of dismissive political crap, is pointless.)


Race has absolutely nothing to do with it, and these ridiculous racial accusations are pointless...

The rest of your post deserves little more than an eye roll in all honesty...

deadonthefloor said,

As did your original post, so get off the high horse

My post was topical as this is far from the first such meeting he has called that resulted in nothing as he disagreed...

I seriously doubt this meeting will be any different.

I'm sorry if you prefer to hope for the best. I prefer to look at past history... LOL

Mobius Enigma said,

I met him once, he didn't tell me he was the smartest person, nor even act like it.

Although I do have an uncle that thinks Obama is trying to be too smart for a person of color. Are you, by chance, my uncle?

(This type of dismissive political crap, is pointless.)

Typical liberal pointing at the race word. Come on, it's the 21st century!

M_Lyons10 said,
I'm not sure why Obama tries to have these meetings. They're pointless when all he does is insist he's the smartest person in the room...

It will just be another waste of time that accomplishes nothing. Just like the rest of his term.

But of course..... It has been so long, we need to invade another Country so some companies can overcharge us, the taxpayers, for their services....

M_Lyons10 said,
I'm not sure why Obama tries to have these meetings. They're pointless when all he does is insist he's the smartest person in the room...

It will just be another waste of time that accomplishes nothing. Just like the rest of his term.

at least he's doing something unlike previous administrations..