Representatives from Apple and other Silicon Valley companies will meet with White House officials and U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials tomorrow to discuss how to counter the use of social media to recruit new members by terrorist groups like ISIS, reports Reuters.
Invited participants include White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, presidential counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, National Intelligence Director James Clapper and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, one of the sources said.
The meeting will focus on how the White House and law enforcement can make it harder for terrorists to use the Internet to recruit and mobilize followers, create and amplify alternative content to undercut ISIS, and how to use technology to disrupt paths to radicalization and make it more difficult for terrorists to use social media, according to a copy of the agenda obtained by The Guardian. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Dropbox and Microsoft are some of the other companies that will attend the meeting.
After the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the government has argued that technology companies should be doing more to aid in the fight against terrorist groups, noting that many members use social media and messaging apps to recruit new members and mobilize them. Apple CEO Tim Cook has long maintained that allowing a back-door in any encryption for law enforcement also opens the door for "bad guys" too.
While Reuters says that most Silicon Valley companies will send high-ranking executives rather than their CEOs, BuzzFeed News reports that Tim Cook will be in attendance at the meeting. Last February, Cook spoke at the White House summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection. In 2013, he and other tech executives met with President Obama over NSA surveillance and the government health care website.
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