July 26, 2017

Technology CEOs urged to join Trump initiative

24 June 2017, 01:03 | Ignacio Smith

Executives from numerous world's largest technology companies were set to gather Monday at the White House to meet with President Donald Trump and his senior advisers during a summit aimed at modernizing the federal government.

Today presidential advisor Jared Kushner said that with the government still using floppy disks and checking for Y2K compliance, the private sector's creativity will help move the Trump administration past the turn of the century.

The effort is part of a broader plan to shrink government, cut federal employees, and eliminate regulations.

To that, the source said, Cook replied that the immigration approach by the administration also "needs more heart."Cook cited the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is under review by the Trump administration".

"Americans deserve better digital services from their government", read the order.

The White House announced on Monday that Kushner would be visiting the Middle East this week at Trump's behest.

Heading the White House effort are Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser who leads the newly created White House Office of American Innovation; and Chris Liddell, a former Microsoft executive and now an assistant to the president.

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Kushner praised Veterans Affairs for updating its records to an electronic system before President Trump addressed the crowd later in the afternoon. The White House says it will prioritize digitizing government services, improving cyber security, and transforming the way government buys technology.

The meeting was also notable for who didn't attend.

Much of the agenda for Monday's meeting involves seeking ways for the Trump administration to adopt best practices from the private sector, including finding opportunities to recruit talented individuals to join the government.

The White House will spend more time this month focusing on various tech-related themes, with upcoming meetings dedicated to driverless cars, drones, investments in emerging tech and 5G wireless technology.

He added that his office is "working with hundreds of talented civil servants", and that they "have set ambitious goals and empowered interagency teams to tackle our objectives".

Some technology executives have clashed with Trump over his decision to exit the Paris climate accord. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that their political differences wouldn't hinder their working together.

Apple's Tim Cook also spoke up at the meeting, stating the coding should be made a mandatory requirement in US's schools.

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