Alec Ross to Speak at Dickinson on Digital Currency

Alec Ross drove the ground-breaking social media component of the 2008 Obama campaign, and now serves as senior advisor for innovation to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Source: http://bit.ly/1lAEqvx

Alec Ross drove the ground-breaking social media component of the 2008 Obama campaign, and now serves as senior advisor for innovation to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Source: http://bit.ly/1lAEqvx

The Dickinson Student Senate Public Affairs Committee is pleased to announce that Alec Ross, the first Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is coming to speak at Dickinson College. Ross, who spearheaded President Obama’s technology and innovation plan and developed a digital payment platform for soldiers in the Congo, will explain Bitcoin’s origins, operations, and pitfalls, and describe the impact of the rise of digital currency on financial institutions, international politics, and global poverty. Ross will also and examine the implications of broader digital payment structures like Google Wallet, Square, and Simple on the world financial system, and argue that these changes are indicative of the demand for interdisciplinary approaches to banking and digital finance.

Ross will give his keynote address at 7PM in Allison Hall on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014. I hope you can join us!

One thought on “Alec Ross to Speak at Dickinson on Digital Currency

  1. Joseph

    Great to see an open dialog about bitcoin as it definitely deserves more attention. As a lover of freedom, I personally believe that the benefits of a decentralized currency like bitcoin significantly outweigh the downsides. Bitcoin takes massive power and influence away from bloated governments and big banks and returns it to the people in the form of frictionless payments to one another. Who would be against governments no longer being able to print money at will to fund trillion dollar wars and bailouts? Additionally, bitcoin technology is providing a revolutionary (and simple) way for the “un banked” millions across developing countries to finally exchange money with one another. With bitcoin, if they have a smartphone and a bitcoin app, they can pay each other for goods and services as well as send money back home to loved ones, all without massive, abusive fees with ancient systems such as Western Union and the like.

    I’m encouraged to see more people talking about bitcoin and I encourage you to consider some of the benefits I’ve mentioned.

    All the best,
    Joe

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