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Obama to deliver keynote address at cybersecurity summit


The White House Press Office announced Monday afternoon that President Obama will be coming to campus on Friday to deliver remarks at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, confirming earlier reports. It will be the first business visit of a sitting United States President to Stanford since 1975, when President Gerald R. Ford dedicated a building at Stanford Law School.

The release added that the President’s visit to the summit will help shape public and private sector efforts to protect American consumers and companies from growing cyber threats to consumers and commercial networks.

After his remarks, President Obama will be hosting a roundtable with business leaders and will travel to a Democratic National Committee event later in the evening.

The summit will feature several panels addressing subjects ranging from Public-Private Collaboration on Cybersecurity to New Authentication techniques.

A limited number of student tickets for the President’s speech will be available. Students can register for the ticket lottery at after 10 a.m.

In a prelude to the event, two other events will be hosted at Stanford on Thursday. Titled “Inventing the future: Cybersecurity research and education,” the event will be hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and will be moderated by John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President on Science and Technology.

The event, being held hosted in NVIDIA Auditorium at 7 P.M., is open to students who registered for it online. An email with a link to the registration page was sent out to students this past weekend. Panelists will include John Mitchell, Professor of Computer Science and Vice Provost of Online Learning and Larry Kramer, President of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and former Dean of the Stanford Law School.


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Nitish Kulkarni '16 is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He writes about technology and breaking news, and runs online content sections. Email him at nitishk2 'at'