Wednesday 13 December 2017

Obama set for tech CEOs summit

Concerns over surveillance online will be raised when Barack Obama meets technology CEOs (AP)
Concerns over surveillance online will be raised when Barack Obama meets technology CEOs (AP)

US president Barack Obama is set to meet executives from leading technology companies, including Google, Twitter and Apple.

The White House said the meeting will focus on efforts to repair the Obama administration's HealthCare.gov website and reform government information technology.

The National Security Agency's surveillance programs are also on the agenda.

A number of the companies attending, including Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook, are urging Obama to curb surveillance programs after the extent of the information the US collects through their systems was revealed.

Several companies are introducing more encryption technology to shield users' data from government agencies and other prying eyes.

CEOs from Netflix, Comcast, LinkedIn, Etsy and AT&T will also join the session.

AP

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