Tech Leaders Convening At The White House To Jaw About IT

Executives from some of the world's biggest tech companies ventured to the White House Monday to take part in the first meeting of the American Technology Council, an advisory group that is supposed to help the Trump administration in its quest to modernize government. The President's relationship with Silicon Valley has at times been strained; many top tech executives disagree with his policies and supported rival candidate Hillary Clinton during the campaign. Despite having one of the most high-profile and demanding positions on President Donald Trump's team, he's managed to avoid the media nearly entirely.

Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner will host the meeting, which will include Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump.

Cook will join several other heavy hitters in the tech industry, including Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, at what the White House is calling an "American Technology Council roundtable".

Also on the council's agenda: modernizing the government's technology infrastructure and keeping its computers safe from cyber attacks.

For most large tech companies, it's hard, if not impossible, to sever ties with the White House completely. In 2015, there were at least 7,000 separate IT investments by the US government and some agencies were using systems that had components at least 50 years old.

"Much like his predecessors in the White House, Trump and his team believe that Washington, D.C., has been too slow to adapt to the digital age", Tony Romm writes for Recode. He said there was "a lot of room for optimization in the federal government".

Trump created the American Technology Council by executive order signed on May 1, calling for an overhaul of technology across government. "One area of focus would be moving to more secure services like the cloud", Kazin continues.

"Corporate leaders are learning about the limits of their clout".

President Donald Trump is holding a meeting with tech CEOs regarding the different challenges confronting the United States.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who once served as an economic advisor to the president, has already announced that he would step down following Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

"Modernizing government services is not politicized", Liddell tells them.

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