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Today in Silicon Valley: Re/code Interviews President Barack Obama

Cyber security, NSA spying, the debacle and does the commander-in-chief Snapchat?

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Tomorrow Friday, I will be interviewing President Barack Obama, who will be traveling to Silicon Valley for the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection.

While those are two big issues in tech these days, there is a lot more that I will be asking him over the course of the 20-minute interview on the Stanford University campus.

Among the topics Re/code hopes to query President Obama about:

  • What scares him about technology; what grade does he give himself as the first “digital” president?
  • The repercussions of the revelations about the National Security Agency’s spying activities
  • The hacking of Sony Pictures by North Korea, as well as the daily digital incursions that consumers suffer
  • The competition that U.S. tech companies face as China and other countries move more aggressively into the space
  • The lessons learned from the cloddish rollout of
  • The U.S. government’s opposition to strong encryption from companies like Apple, even as it calls for better data protection for consumers
  • The need for the U.S. to up its game in science, technology and math education, as well as attract tech talent from across the globe
  • And whether our government is really capable of protecting its citizens from cyber threats.

And, because the summit is focused on how we are all impacted by technology, I would like to know how he uses it daily and how he thinks it will impact his life after he leaves office. (Does he watch Netflix? Will he Snapchat? Is he considering an Apple Watch? Would he ever use bitcoin? Also: What is with his BlackBerry obsession?)

Well, that’s a lot, and I may not get to all those questions, but I would love to know what you think I should ask President Obama about tech. So please tweet at me @karaswisher or comment on Facebook.

Until tomorrow Friday — and we will get the video of the interview up as soon as possible, both in full and in excerpts — here is how the White House is describing the multiple events at Stanford. The day includes a meeting that President Obama will be having with a group of tech moguls, such as Apple CEO Tim Cook.

The Summit will bring together leaders from across the country who have a stake in this issue — industry, tech companies, law enforcement, consumer and privacy advocates, law professors who specialize in this field, and students — to collaborate and explore partnerships that will help develop the best ways to bolster our cybersecurity.

From increasing cybersecurity information sharing to improving adoption of more secure payment technologies, here’s a look at the topics that panels at the Summit will address:

Public-Private Collaboration on Cybersecurity

Improving Cybersecurity Practices at Consumer-Oriented Businesses and Organizations

Promoting More Secure Payment Technologies

Cybersecurity Information Sharing

International Law Enforcement Cooperation on Cybersecurity

Improving Authentication: Moving Beyond the Password

Chief Security Officers’ Perspectives: New Ideas on Technical Security

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