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Obama plans 'cybersecurity summit' at Stanford

 

President Barack Obama is planning a trip to the Bay Area next week as he prepares to push for changes in cybersecurity policy, Democratic National Committee officials said.

The president is scheduled to attend a fundraiser at a San Francisco residence on Feb. 13.

The White House has also convened a Cybersecurity Summit at Stanford University that day with top policymakers, industry leaders and academics.

The summit will address topics such as increasing public-private partnerships and cybersecurity information sharing, creating and promoting improved cybersecurity practices and technologies, and improving adoption and use of more secure payment technologies, according to the White House.

The president has made cybersecurity a top issue following a massive hacking breach at Sony late last year. Federal investigators have implicated the government of North Korea in the attack, raising concerns about international hacking threats.

— Bay City News

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33 people like this
Posted by Here we go again
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 6, 2015 at 10:34 pm

Dear President Obama,

Please ask your staff to plan your vehicle travel at NON-PEAK times. The last time you came to town the freeway on-ramp closures in the morning caused me to be 20 minutes late for an interview (even though I had allowed an extra 30 minutes for "unexpected commute issues"). Your evening visit to the home in Los Altos caused my daughter to miss 30 minutes of her cherished drawing class.

We live our lives here and time does not stop when you visit, nor do we all get extra time in our day/schedule to accommodate your security needs. I'm sure many places would love to have you visit, but in an already over-crowded place like the SF Peninsula, it's just a huge pain for many of us.

How about just climbing into a nondescript SUV and gliding through town like everyone else, rather than calling so much attention to yourself, blocking traffic, and disrupting so many lives?

Better yet - video conference would save a ton of taxpayer money AND disruption to the daily lives of citizens. Or maybe, the people you want to meet with can visit D.C. (on the government's dime).

All of these suggestions would save taxpayer money and inconvenience, and keep the president safe.


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Posted by Teresa Ann Borg
a resident of another community
on Feb 7, 2015 at 2:00 am

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2015 at 10:43 am

Good luck on receiving any attention as a regular person - the billionaires are the draw here in SF Bay Area with their massive donations, like Mr. Steyer. THEY certainly aren't affected. Meantime, regular residents are inconvenienced when SFO has a ground stop and exits and streets are closed, I experienced a stressful situation once with this when Obama visited. Much better when Moffett Field is used by presidents, as Mr. Clinton used to do.


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Posted by teacher
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Feb 7, 2015 at 8:08 pm

Excited that you are visiting our campus , pardon some of our uptight residents. Stanford will hopefully greet you with aloha.


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Posted by Here we go again
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm

>> Excited that you are visiting our campus

Especially if you helicopter directly into Stanford from Fresno and save us from the traffic snarls that severely impact our daily lives. I'm sure there are some people who have nowhere they need to be and want to be able to brag that the President came to visit, but for the rest of us with real lives, please don't mess with our commutes and schedules.


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Posted by Sea Seelam REDDY
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 8, 2015 at 4:12 am


Stanford is a great location for this summit. It is an honor to be chosen to hold the summit here.

Other than some additional security concerns when the President is in town, we want to welcome this summit.

Let us not be cynical about it.

Respectfully


10 people like this
Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 8, 2015 at 6:32 am

Chris Zaharias is a registered user.

Any time a president involves himself in cybersecurity, you have to be cynical. This is a typically shrewd move by Obama to show superficially that he's engaged in key Internet issues, but c'mon, you think he actually cares about cybersecurity? Please.


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Posted by PAmoderate
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 8, 2015 at 4:46 pm

PAmoderate is a registered user.

Sponsored by the NSA.


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Posted by Guest
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 8, 2015 at 9:12 pm

Get real. Obama will be here to visit his local herd for the milk of politics; $$$.


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Posted by Here we go again
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 8, 2015 at 10:51 pm

CZ & Guest: Exactly.

There is no honor in being "chosen." This is just where the money is.

Let us not be naive about the President's motives nor impact to the non-retired and busy citizens of this area.


9 people like this
Posted by More details, please
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 9, 2015 at 12:39 am

PA Online: How about letting us know which roads/freeways will be impacted by the visit (and when) so we can plan accordingly?


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Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2015 at 9:23 am

More details - why would they want you to know about closures? Aren't you used to the SOP when any POTUS comes into town?


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Posted by Sic Semper Obama
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 9, 2015 at 10:54 am

As always with Obama, it is too little too late. Something should have been done to keep China from hacking into over one-fourth of our population years ago!


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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Feb 11, 2015 at 9:12 pm

Here we go again,

I admire your self-absorption. If you check your facts, this is only the 4th in over 100 years that a sitting president has made a speech at Stanford. 1903, 1932, and 1975 were the others.

I don't think an average of once every 30 or 40 years or so should be considered an inconvenience by Stanford.


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Posted by Here we go again
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 11, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Chris:

Try to stay above personal attacks - they make you look petty.

If you re-read my initial comment, it is about the President "coming to town," not coming to "Stanford." I'm surprised I have to explain this, but "coming to town" is a euphemism for "coming to our local area." The president comes here lots and lots. The last time I suffered severe and critical commute delays was 8 months, not 30 years, ago.

This "coming to town" euphemism is particularly relevant because the president is not just "coming to Stanford" for a cybersecurity meeting, he is "coming to town" to generate election goodwill and funds. You need to realize that no place on the peninsula is defined by a city limit when the president visits. Neither by impact or influence.

In case it is a surprise to you, Stanford does not exist in a privately accessible bubble of isolation. The president actually has to get from point A (an airport) to point B (Stanford) using already over-crowded roads that many of us rely on. Having freeways and roads shutdown for 20-30 minutes, at rush hour, while the president travels from point A to point B has a significant to severe impact on us everyday people.

My facts are completely straight - but thanks for the history lesson about how many times a president has come to STANFORD (the center of the universe, after all).


9 people like this
Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 12, 2015 at 12:17 am

Any and all details of his schedule and route would be very much appreciated so we can avoid bottlenecks,


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 12, 2015 at 12:25 am

According to Reuters, Obama is slated to speak at 11:15 a.m. PST on Friday

Here's a list of other speakers/attendees:

Web Link


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 12, 2015 at 4:16 am

The circus flies off to Palm Springs on Saturday, departing between 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. if I read the SFO flight restrictions correctly. The airport is brought to a complete halt for 20 to 30 minutes while Air Force One comes and goes. You may notice less traffic out of Palo Alto airport, as all training, practice and maintenance flights are prohibited for the entire duration of the visit. Those clamoring for a peaceful baylands hike may want to check it out all day Friday or Saturday morning.


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 12, 2015 at 11:45 am

All the streets in and around Stanford will be restricted while the President is on campus. Best advice: avoid the area.


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Posted by Trying to work in Palo Alto
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 12, 2015 at 3:07 pm

I have an important business lunch in downtown Palo Alto scheduled for 1:00 pm on Emerson. Does anybody know whether the circus will still be in town and blocking roads then? And, no, I don't want to impeach the guy, yet, but I respect the Office not the man.


3 people like this
Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2015 at 5:55 pm

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4 people like this
Posted by PAPD watcher
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 12, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Follow PAPD on Facebook and Twitter. They do a good job of keeping us informed - better than the PAWeekly. Web Link


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Posted by PAPD watcher
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 12, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Follow the link on the above post for the information PAPD have released.
Web Link


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 12, 2015 at 6:56 pm

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Posted by Trying to work in Palo Alto
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 12, 2015 at 7:16 pm

@HUTCH 7.62: Not me. I'm swimming in debt due to Obamacare. Cost me $10K last year because I allegedly make too much money to be subsidized. Anthem Blue Cross tossed all my docs plus Stanford Hospital out of their network after I joined. I still went to my own docs, of course, and ran up the consequent bills. Now Anthem opened their cyber door to the Russians or the Chinese or whoever hacked them. Thanks Mr. President!


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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Feb 12, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Here we go again,

I was not attacking you, I was admiring your self-absorption.

Your response was condescending. You have a beef with Palo Alto, not Stanford.
You seem to think that Stanford should not play host to the President because he has visited some nearby towns in the last 7 years.

Why do you think your commute is more important than anybody else's?

Your income is dependent on the Silicon Valley economic engine. If for some reason it is not, you could move somewhere else and not have a commute problem. That is why I am pointing out your self-absorption.


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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Feb 12, 2015 at 7:31 pm

Trying to work in Palo Alto,

If you don't want Obamacare insurance, you have the option of making a Shared Responsibility Payment.


2 people like this
Posted by Here we go again
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm

Chris,

My initial post is addressed to the president, and simply asks the president to avoid commute times. How that can be twisted into having a beef with Stanford or Palo Alto is beyond me. I think Obama shouldn't visit Stanford? Did I say that? I think my commute is more important than others? Huh?

Your post makes no sense.


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Posted by Where are the traffic details?
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 13, 2015 at 1:13 am

How is it possible that no specific information about road closures and times has been released?!! In the PAPD link above, it only states "...we anticipate significant traffic delays in the area of the campus and the North end of Palo Alto from late morning thru late afternoon. Drivers are advised to avoid these areas if possible." Well, how about those of us who live on Sand Hill (in Palo Alto) and need access throughout the day? I've seen the barricades deposited at Sand Hill intersections; when/where will they be installed? How can we plan responsibly with no information? It's been a week since this article was posted on PA Online--why no updates? Unbelievably poor communication by Palo Alto; par for the course in this dysfunctional community.


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Posted by PAPD watcher
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 13, 2015 at 7:36 am

TV reports are that he is coming in by helicopter - a much more sensible mode of transport for him around here.


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Posted by thinky
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 13, 2015 at 8:26 am

Of course they are not going to publish exact details about the traffic closures and roads blocked. I think that is probably a security issue, he is the President you know. I'm sure the Secret Service welcomes your local traffic complaints.


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Posted by Trying to work in Palo Alto
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 13, 2015 at 9:07 am

Thank goodness the Secret Service decided to make good use of those Osprey helicopters! Maybe the White House actually paid attention to all of the complaints from the last time he was here. KCBS radio is currently reporting that the area around Crissy Field in SF is shut down b/c POTUS is leaving from Crissy to come to Stanford by helicopter. So SF is getting the motorcade and not us. Well done! He's staying at the Fairmont, so a good chunk of central SF will be affected.
By the way, we moved our business lunch to a different town, south of Palo Alto.


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Posted by curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 13, 2015 at 9:52 am

I suppose congressional Republicans will now try to outlaw cybersecurity.


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2015 at 1:38 pm

I saw the photos the other day on PA Online showing the tilt rotor helicopters at Stanford. I had no means to post about this, but I figured what it was When POTUS was in Chicago to speak at Northwestern University, they landed those Osprey helicopters (perhaps carrying vehicles or staffers) and, I believe, the massive official helicopter with the President, right on the lakefront (Lake Michigan). POTUS then went in a motorcade locally to his speech location on campus - easily seen on YouTube, filmed by a clever student nearby.
Previously, when coming to Palo Alto, POTUS used motorcades.
We appreciate it when he uses air rather than highways and local streets. I think San Francisco had major street closures last evening for traditional motor transit near the Fairmont, according to news reports.


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Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2015 at 11:02 pm

Yeah, right....the helicopters were used to make it more convenient for the whiners to get around town. What is wrong with you complainers? His security is THE issue, not your traffic worries. It's so incredibly typical for Palo Altans to think that this is about THEM and not the POTUS. It's laughable and sad that you're so self-absorbed.


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Posted by Here we go again
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 14, 2015 at 12:08 am

Yes, the "whiners," AKA people with jobs, kids, possibly even people with EMERGENCIES, were maybe spared some unnecessary traffic blockages today because the president used a helicopter to get to Stanford rather than blocking the freeways and roads as is typical of his visits. I bet the helicopter trip was quicker than driving. Sounds like win-win for everyone, so not sure what anyone is complaining about this evening!

Maybe the president's people DO read Palo Alto Online! ;-)


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