The digital times – they are a changin’
By Terry Miller
To paraphrase the immortal words of Bob Dylan, the digital times they are indeed a changing.
There has been a lot of hysteria in the Facebook and Google mega-worlds recently particularly now, as just more than a week ago Thursday, after months of apologies, scandals, and congressional hearings, Facebook took a massive stock market hit when shares fell 19 percent.
According to the Columbia Journalism Review “About $119 billion was wiped away, representing the biggest single-day loss in stock market history.” “The cost of years of privacy missteps finally caught up with Facebook this week,” Craig Timberg and Elizabeth Dwoskin wrote in The Washington Post. “The steepness of the decline suggests investors are reevaluating the viability of Facebook’s core business – collecting extensive data on users so that they can better target them with advertising – in a world in which public pressure is mounting for stricter privacy protections.”
Since the 2016 election, Facebook has been compelled to deal with everything from fake news to Russian political ads to the mishandling of user data. In the spring, the Cambridge Analytica scandal brought attention to consumer privacy. In May, the European Union implemented strict privacy laws to take some control back from technology companies. Facebook executives warned that spending on security would cut into profits.”
There are, however, alternatives to the corporate giants and if you’re willing to do a little research and talk to some brilliant Pasadena minds about Blockchain, then there is still hope for all of us.
Alpha Token has developed a unique web browser for those of us who want to take back the Net.
Alpha Token Foundation – which is a “leading innovator, supporter, and preserver of digital democracy – is about to open Pasadena’s eyes to building and fostering a decentralized socio-economic ecosystem that provides people with an alternative choice of value to the centralized internet and socio-economic order,” according to their promotional material.
To that end, Alpha Token Foundation is holding a truly exclusive event in early August to help Pasadena innovators and entrepreneurs showcase their talents, initiative designs, and share experiences; a kind of a “digital mixer/block party” if you will.
The event, dubbed “Alpha Muse” will take place Aug. 9 which is to celebrate Pasadena’s creativity and will be the culmination of the Alpha Muse Contest where the community votes for their favorite via the Alpha Browser App.
For a sneak peak, download the Alpha Browser.
Alpha Token is building a next generation, decentralized content economy ecosystem that gives users complete control over their digital assets and digital footprint with fair and inclusive participation.
The Alpha Browser is a new app developed right in the heart of Pasadena. The app fulfills many different functions.
Want to know more? You have to meet the brilliant minds behind Alpha Browser. Aug. 9 at CTRL Collective, located at 45 S. Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena, is your chance to be blown away by what these innovators have to offer. Tickets are $20 or less. The event is from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.