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The administration wants to partner with the tech sector to address certain problems

President Barack Obama is set to meet with some big names in the tech industry today in an effort to discuss some of the country's top issues, like HealthCare.gov and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). 

According to CNN, Obama will talk with at least tech executives, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

The goal of this meeting is to find ways that the government can partner with the tech sector to address certain problems like social mobility and income inequality as well as push for the creation of new jobs. 

Among the major topics of discussion at today's meeting will be the technical issues with HealthCare.gov, the NSA surveillance programs and unauthorized intelligence disclosures.

The HealthCare.gov website crashed shortly after its October 1 launch, and has encountered various technical problems ever since -- which prevented many uninsured Americans from being able to sign up for new coverage. 


"What say you, tech sector?"

Just last month, Verizon's Terremark -- which hosts HealthCare.gov -- lost network connectivity after a technical failure. The glitch also threw off a data services hub that connects a number of federal agencies and is used to verify people's identity, citizenship, etc. This verification is necessary to check if people are eligible for tax credits that cut the cost of monthly insurance premiums.

Shortly after, Microsoft offered its help with HealthCare.gov's technical issues. The House Oversight Committee sent letters to others as well, such as Kayak and Verizon, looking for help.

The NSA surveillance programs are also a hot topic, and many tech leaders have already verbalized concerns over the agency's breaches of privacy. Some of those include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckberberg, who said the NSA "blew it" with the controversial spying, and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who said the NSA's spying on data centers was "outrageous."

But it appears the government is trying to correct the NSA issues to some degree. Last week, it was reported that a a presidential review panel is working on draft recommendations that aim to change how the NSA collects and accesses Americans' data such as phone records. They were to be turned in to the White House Sunday. 

Source: CNN



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Failure
By aurareturn on 12/17/2013 12:55:59 PM , Rating: 3
They still can't get this website working correctly? You got to be joking me.

What kind of engineers did they hire? Monkeys?




RE: Failure
By Ammohunt on 12/17/2013 1:29:56 PM , Rating: 2
WHy create a easy to use,fast and efficient website for a one time charge of $100k when you can create a bloated monstrosity that takes an army of contractors to manage and maintain and charge a re-occuring service fee totally $600M? Sounds like Government at work! and exactly what the Millenials who voted for President Obama asked for.


RE: Failure
By dgingerich on 12/17/2013 1:57:03 PM , Rating: 2
My nephew has been outspokenly liberal ever since he started high school, but once he got into the workforce his tone began to change. He's still pushing gay rights and abortion (despite him being here because the family was against abortion) but his tone toward welfare and state health care have retreated quite a bit. It seems his encounters with people who have taken credit for his work and get paid equally for less work have made him see the sense in the conservative side of things like that. He has also changed his mind on the necessity of government intervention on many matters, as he has seen just how badly they handle things like that.

In other words, give the millenials time, they will learn.


RE: Failure
By Ammohunt on 12/17/2013 2:14:56 PM , Rating: 4
I can appreciate your positive attitude and I am all for Millenials coming around but my concern is that the country will not survive the demonstration they need to convince them of how not to do things.


RE: Failure
By retrospooty on 12/17/2013 2:47:55 PM , Rating: 2
This all makes sense. I am all for socially liberal. Let people do whatever the hell they want with their own bodies as long as they aren't hurting anyone... If you are against gay marriage then by all means, don't marry a gay. Simple as that. But "fiscal liberal" is insane and every president and congress in the past 30+ years have ALL been fiscally liberal, even the reps. Thus here we are.


RE: Failure
By Ammohunt on 12/17/2013 3:36:52 PM , Rating: 2
Good point, I think people often combine the two or feel they support each other. So they vote knee-jerk on social issues paying no mind the the candidates fiscal bonafides and we get someone like the current president. Most finscal conservatives like myself can care less about the majority of the Social issues the Republicans keep shooting themselves in the foot over. They will never be successful with America until they abandoned the current moral/religious issue messaging and get back to selling the basic message of the benefits of fiscal conservatism limited government which leads to economic growth, peace and prosperity for all.


RE: Failure
By retrospooty on 12/17/2013 5:18:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, the only problem on the fiscal end is the "conservative" party inst at all conservative. When speaking fiscally we have the fiscally liberal republicans against the even more fiscally liberal democrats. There isn't a fiscally conservative party between the two.


RE: Failure
By Ammohunt on 12/17/2013 6:19:40 PM , Rating: 2
I make a distinction between Republicans and conservatives in my mind they are not even remotely synonymous. As you say their isn't a conservative party just Leftists(Democrats) and Leftist light(Repubicans)


RE: Failure
By ebakke on 12/17/2013 5:50:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
They will never be successful with America until they abandoned the current moral/religious issue messaging and get back to selling the basic message of the benefits of fiscal conservatism limited government which leads to economic growth, peace and prosperity for all.
But then the GOP will become the Libertarian Party. Not that I think that would be a bad thing, by any stretch. Just pointing out that socially tolerant, fiscally conservative, and a desire for small, limited government is libertarianism. The Republican brand is, in part, defined by the moral/religious stance on social issues.

If the two national parties didn't have such a stranglehold on politics in this country, the Republican party probably would've disappeared already.


RE: Failure
By Ammohunt on 12/17/2013 6:25:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Just pointing out that socially tolerant, fiscally conservative, and a desire for small, limited government is libertarianism.


Sorry, that has always been the conservative Republican Platform up until the bleeding heart Neocons took control of the Republican party when the big tent was expanded. Libertarianisn will never catch on big because it throws out rule of law for anarchy and advocates isolationism no one of consequence over the age of 40 is going to buy into that line.


RE: Failure
By ebakke on 12/17/2013 7:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
In the interest of not turning the comments section into another long political debate, I'll leave you with the Libertarian Party platform: https://www.lp.org/files/LP%20Platform%202012.pdf If you read that to say anarchy and isolationism, so be it.


RE: Failure
By Ammohunt on 12/18/2013 5:18:51 PM , Rating: 2
I have read it already and legalizing drugs, fair tax and pulling all troops globally(isolationism) is a non starter for me sorry :(.


RE: Failure
By ebakke on 12/18/2013 6:19:01 PM , Rating: 2
Stop apologizing for your beliefs. We disagree. That's fine, perhaps even good. There's no reason to feel guilty, or sorry. Embrace the discord! :)

And while this may not be the venue for it, I'd love to have a discussion on what "socially tolerant, fiscally conservative, and a desire for small, limited government" means to you. Clearly it means something vastly different to me.


RE: Failure
By superstition on 12/17/2013 5:19:16 PM , Rating: 2
That you think marriage and abortion are synonymous makes me hope that you aren't married -- for your spouse's sake.


RE: Failure
By ebakke on 12/17/2013 5:43:17 PM , Rating: 2
That you think "he's still pushing gay rights and abortion" means the OP believes them to be synonymous makes me hope that you haven't procreated -- for your kids' sake.

... or vote -- for my sake.


RE: Failure
By superstition on 12/19/2013 3:02:29 PM , Rating: 2
You either really are dense or you're being obtuse in order to post a self-righteous comment.

The bottom line is that people frequently lump the desire to get married (same-sex marriage) with the desire to terminate pregnancies (abortion). They do this because they've been propagandized to equate the two.

Use your brain next time.


RE: Failure
By overlandpark4me on 12/18/2013 5:34:31 PM , Rating: 2
They did. They were fired from multiple companies in the past, not the least of was the Canadian Gov web site. After all that, we still gave them a no bid contract AND overpaid. The back end of the site is still not up, and there are no security features built in to handle the exchange of our data, so don't enter your data unless you want to share it with hackers. Added to the insult the companies top Exec is a pal of the Michelle from college. She (and Michelle) was a student radical and consistently brought black communist speakers to campus. 600 million. Sight doesn't work, it's insecure, and was never finished. Obama never checked. Sibelius never checked.


what a joke
By ERROR666 on 12/17/2013 12:02:49 PM , Rating: 3
So basically he's meeting with all the corporations that have all the data on everyone and everything to say:
we cannot do bulk collections anymore so instead you store the data and just give it to us when we ask for it. This way it won't be a bulk collection and it will keep everybody's mouth shut.




RE: what a joke
By Schrag4 on 12/17/2013 12:19:04 PM , Rating: 3
It's a joke for sure. Those who believe that this meeting is intended to stop unconstitutional behavior instead of being purely PR damage control are out of their minds.


FFS
By rountad on 12/17/2013 2:14:43 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The goal of this meeting is to find ways that the government can partner with the tech sector to address certain problems like social mobility and income inequality as well as push for the creation of new jobs.


That's not your job.
You don't know how to do it.
I'm guessing it won't stop you from spending untold billions trying to achieve it.




RE: FFS
By JediJeb on 12/18/2013 2:22:02 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
social mobility and income inequality


Just convince everyone to work hard for what they get and those things will happen.

See there, problem solved, now get the government back to doing what is should and get rid of all the bloat that hasn't been able to solve this problem even after working for decades to do so.


By kattanna on 12/17/2013 11:52:18 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
a presidential review panel is working on draft recommendations that aim to change how the NSA collects and accesses Americans' data


so.. what they are doing is hoping to restore the "Security" portion of their name.. NSA?




Been here before
By hiscross on 12/17/2013 12:02:10 PM , Rating: 2
1) Beltway bandits promise the moon, but 1st demand Billions
2) Barry OK the deal
3) Steve Job voice is heard in the room that Apple has no idea how to build junk so he tell Timmy Cook to leave
4) Google says we can track that voice, But we need Billions
5) Barry approves
6) Someone is China has just lost their shirt
7) Barry goes off and plays golf




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