Technology guru Alex Alben to speak at EvCC

Apr 30, 2014

Technology author Alex Alben will speak about the future of digital and traditional communication at 12:30 p.m. May 14 at Everett Community College’s Whitehorse Hall.

Alben’s presentation ends a three-month speakers’ series hosted by EvCC’s award-winning student media organization, The Clipper, exploring the many changes reshaping the world of journalism. The event is free and open to the public.

For nearly two decades, Alben, of Seattle, has played a leadership role in companies that pioneered the field of digital media, including Starwave and RealNetworks. In 2004, he ran for U.S. Congress from Washington’s 8th District.

Alben’s career began as a researcher for Walter Cronkite at CBS Evening News in New York during the 1980 presidential election and later for Mike Wallace at CBS Reports.

A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School, his current work centers on applying intellectual property law for traditional media products – such as movies, music and books – to new products for digital distribution.

He is the author of “Our Man in Mongoa,” a novel, and “Analog Days – How Technology Rewrote Our Future.”

Previously, Seattle Times reporter Claudia Rowe spoke March 12 and editorial cartoonist Milt Priggee spoke April 16.

The visits by Rowe, Priggee and Alben are made possible by Humanities Washington, a non-profit organization dedicated to sparking conversation and critical thinking around the state.

Additional funding for the series was provided by the Everett Community College Foundation.

For more information about the series, contact T. Andrew Wahl, faculty adviser for The Clipper, at 425-388-9419 or

-Edited by Beacon staff

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