The White House says the group will discuss the capacity and performance of the website, which launched on Oct. 1, and how the government can better deliver IT generally.
According to the Washington Post, the list of attendees includes the CEOs of Apple, Twitter, Etsy, Netflix, Dropbox, Yahoo and Comcast, and executives from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and more.
These firms weren’t involved in building the healthcare.gov website, but Obama is meeting with them anyway to talk about it. What is more likely to dominate the conversation is the NSA’s activities, which are of great concern to the big tech companies.
“The meeting will also address national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures,” according to the White House.
Tuesday’s meeting follows a major court ruling Monday that described the NSA’s operations as “almost Orwellian,” and said they might be unconstitutional. It also comes soon after a public campaign by eight tech companies calling for governments around the world, but the U.S. in particular, to reform their surveillance programs.
The companies banded together and published an open letter in major newspapers and online that said they understand governments need to protect the safety and security of citizens, but that current laws and regulations need an overhaul.
They want an end to bulk collection of user data, more transparency about the scope of surveillance programs, and stronger checks and balances in the courts when governments seek to compel companies to hand over information.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said in the letter that recent revelations about government surveillance programs have “shaken the trust of our users,” and that the U.S. government must act to restore confidence of citizens around the world.
The executives now have the chance to deliver their concerns and proposals for reform to the president directly during the meeting.