December 17, 2013

THE HILL: Tech Execs To Confront Obama Over Spying.

The meeting will include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.

Several Silicon Valley giants including Google, Facebook and Yahoo are lobbying Congress to restrict the NSA’s powers and make the agency more transparent. They warn that the surveillance is undermining trust in their services and hurting both their bottom lines and the U.S. economy.

A White House official said that in addition to discussing “the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures,” the president will also discuss progress in HealthCare.gov, the troubled ObamaCare website. He will talk with the tech CEOs about how government can improve its technology services, the official said.

To coin a phrase, they’re the only people standing between him and the people with pitchforks. Maybe people should send some to the White House.