Obama Joined For Dinner by Tech Titans

By Cindy Waxer February 17, 2011

President Barack Obama is throwing a party and some of the biggest names in the tech industry are invited.

As reported by the Associated Press, Obama is throwing a dinner party at a private home in the San Francisco Bay area and invitees include Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt, and Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs. About a dozen business leaders will be meeting with the President this evening.

There’s no official word on what will be up for discussion but Obama did emphasize the need for expanded broadband access in his recent State of the Union speech to the U.S. Congress.

"Within the next five years, we will make it possible for business to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans," Obama said. "This isn't just about a faster Internet and fewer dropped calls. It's about connecting every part of America to the digital age."

The President is also in the market for Internet-killing powers, according to a recent article from Wired.com. The popular news site reveals that legislation that could authorize the President to kill access to today’s so-called “critical infrastructure” is to be re-introduced soon to a Senate committee. The bill’s chief sponsor is Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican ranking member on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

According to Wired.com, the proposed legislation would not necessarily enable the president to shut down the Internet altogether but rather to safeguard against significant cyber threats.

Edited by Janice McDuffee

TechZone360 Contributing Editor

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