Top Stories of 2013


The NSA Surveillance Scandal

Without question, the cyber story of the year was the evolving NSA Scandal and its impact on the internet.  It may be a turning point in the history of the internet, as internet governance looks away from the United States in light of the NSA’s encroachment.

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Google, Data Mining, PRISM, FISA and Cyber Security
Air Date: June 12, 2013

Discussing Google and its distancing National Security Administrations controversial Prism data mining program, their request for permission to publish FISA requests and Cyber Security with National Security Expert Russ Burgos. Also, Bennet gives us the latest details regarding the the Utah CAN-SPAM ruling in Zoobuh.

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NSA Blowback for US Businesses with Dan Castro and Dan Tynan
Air Date: September 18, 2013

0 NSA Blowback for US Business with Information Technology and Innovation Foundation Senior Analyst Dan Castro and Award-winning columnist Dan Tynan. It has been five months since Edward Snowden and NSA operations such as PRISM first splashed across the front pages worldwide. During this period, the scope of the scandal has only grown through nearly […]

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EFF and the Fight for Transparency on NSA Monitoring; The New New Deal
Air Date: November 20, 2013

0 Andrew Crocker, a fellow with the Electronic Frontier Foundation ( or EFF), joins us to provide an update on the ever expanding National Security Agency domestic surveillance scandal. The EFF has been one of the most vocal critics of the program and has been actively fighting it in the courts. Thanks to our Miami […]

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CDA v Cyber Abuse

The continuing battle between those fighting cyber abuse and the limitations imposed by the Communications Decency Act’s immunity to publishers was evident this year as we saw in the moving stories of women struggling to fight revenge porn and hate on the internet.

Revenge Porn and Cyber Abuse Roundtable; New York Heartbeat Kickstarter Update

Air Date: July 31, 2013

Bennet hosts a Revenge Porn and Cyber Abuse roundtable discsussion with Bekah Wells (Revenge Porn Victims Advocate and Owner of, Hollie Toups (a Victim of Revenge Porn) and her legal representation assisting Hollie in her claim, Beaumont, Texas-based attorney John S. Morgan.

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Internet Hate and Incitement to Terror With Rabbi Abraham Cooper
Air Date: July 24, 2013

Internet Hate and Incitement to Terror as Bennet speaks to Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance. Rabbi Abraham, an international authority on issues related to digital hate and the Internet., speaks out following the wave of social fallout following the verdict involving George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.

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True Crime Online Author Jayne Hitchcock; Manti Te’o Controversy; Internet Freedom Day
Air Date: January 23, 2013

Top Cybercrime expert and victims advocate Jayne Hitchcock joins Bennet to discuss her new acclaimed book True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder and Mayhem. Bennet covers the Manti Te’o controversy, Internet Freedom Day and the fallout from the Aaron Swartz tragedy; plus we remember Georgetowns 224th birthday and the kidnapping of Daniel Pearl. 

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The Amazon Tax Fight

We have been following the Amazon Tax fight since our first month on the air and this year we had significant court decisions in New York, Colorado and Illinois as well as major breakthrough in the Senate with the passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act.

Will Antigua Become a Haven for Online Piracy; Supreme Court Refuses to Hear New York Amazon Tax
Air Date: December 4, 2013

Will Antigua Become a Haven for Online Piracy with Joseph Kelly , Professor of Business Law at State College at Buffalo. Plus, The Supreme Court Refuses to Hear New York Amazon Tax, Returning Focus to Congress as we hear from Rebecca Madigan,  executive director of the Performance Marketing Association. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (50.4MB)

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Amazon Tax, Cyber Bullying and the World Series
Air Date: October 23, 2013

0 Amazon Tax, Cyber Bullying and the World Series as Bennet welcomes back Rebecca Madigan from the Performance Marketing Association to discuss Illinois Supreme Court ruling invalidating Amazon Tax. Also Bennet welcomes Viviana Vasiu, an honor student at Stetson University, who has formed an advocacy organization fighting against cyber harassment. She is working with leading […]

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Amazon Tax Wars; Spam Arrest Novel Lawsuit Dismissed; Happy Birthday Los Angeles!
Air Date: September 4, 2013

0 Rebecca Madigan, Executive Director of the Performance Marketing Association discusses breaking developments on the Amazon Tax Wars. Anthony Todaro of Seattles Corr Cronin discusses his winning a dismissal of Spam Arrest novel lawsuit. Plus we celebrate the founding of El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (The Village of […

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Marketplace Fairness Act Debate; Popehat on Sanctions on Copyright Troll
Air Date: May 15, 2013

Marketplace Fairness Act Debate pairing Rebecca Madigan of the Performance Marketing Association and Steve DelBianco from Internet advocacy organization NetChoice, plus Ken White aka Popehat (criminal defense lawyer with Brown, White and Newhouse) returns to discuss sanctions on copyright troll.

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New York Amazon Tax Law Upheld
Air Date: April 10, 2013

Amazon New York Tax Law Decision has been made as New York will continue to collect sales tax from out-of-state retailers that have affiliates operating within state boundaries. We learn about the details as Bennet speaks with Matt Schaefer, a partner with the law firm of Brann and Isaacson.

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Aaron Swartz Suicide and the Debate over Copyright

The year began on a tragic note with the suicide death of Aaron Swartz on January 11th in response to an over zealous prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for publishing academic materials.  Swartz’s death renewed debate about who controls and owns information in today’s digital age.

Aaron Swartz Suicide Tragedy; Presidential Inauguration Preview
Air Date: January 16, 2013

Aaron Swartz, an internet legend who had not yet reached his 27th birthday, committed suicide as he faced a felony trial over his accessing and downloading 4 million academic articles from JSTOR via MITs network. Matt Neco returns to CLBR to discuss the tragedy and controversy surrounding his prosecution.

Cyber Security

While the NSA scandal has pushed this issue to the background, this remains a critical issue and one which we have devoted substantial time to.  Our concern over this issue led us to be too strident in our criticism of Edward Snowden, but we remain concerned about the fact that this issue continues to remain on the back burner.

Information Systems Security Association SoCal Security Symposium
Air Date: October 30, 2013

0 On Location from the Information Systems Security Association SoCal Security Symposium, Bennet speaks with: ISSA President Powell Hamilton; David M. Perry, Computer Security Expert, Media Relations discussing Cyber Crime and Cyber Security; Comodo Corporate Strategy Advisor Larry Whiteside. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (49.8MB)

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The State of Cyber Security; Information System Security Association Los Angeles Findings; Role of Insurance in Cyber Security
Air Date: May 29, 2013

The State of Cyber Security; Information System Security Association Los Angeles Findings; Role of Insurance in Cyber Security as Bennet discusses with Stan Stahl (Ph.D. Principal, Citadel Information Group) and Matthew D. Carlson (CIC , Vice President for Risk Strategies Company).

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Cyber Attacks and Cyber Crime Abroad; 212 Years After Disenfranchisement Of Washington Residents
Air Date: February 28, 2013

Veteran CLBR guest Stan Stahl returns to explain what is going on and what is or should be done about it. They discuss the major Cyber Attacks against the U.S. and U.S. businesses from Iran and China and of an emerging marketplace for Cyber Crime in Russia. Also, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-Dc) reflects On The 212th Anniversary Of The Disenfranchisement Of Washington Residents.

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Privacy has long been an issue “on the verge” of exploding, but the NSA scandal and concern over big data have increased the likelihood that something big could happen in 2014.  We saw this in 2013 in the way states began to act on privacy.

California Privacy Legislation: Internet Eraser Law For Teenagers and Opt Out of Online Tracking
Air Date: October 2, 2013

0 California Privacy Legislation passed: Internet Eraser Law For Teenagers and Opt Out of Online Tracking. California governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill changing the way websites deal with Internet users under the age of 18, and will soon sign a bill that would require websites to tell all Internet users if and […]

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Mobile App Privacy and Protection with Robert Ellis Smith
Air Date: March 27, 2013

Mobile App Privacy and Protection when its comes to protecting consumers and kids as Bennet speaks with Robert Ellis Smith, noted privacy expert and publisher of the Privacy Journal.

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Mobile Privacy Initiatives; EU and US: A Growing Continental Divide on Privacy?
Air Date: February 6, 2013

Mobile Privacy Initiatives as Bennet speaks with Jules Polonetsky, the Director/Co-Chair for the Future of Privacy Forum. Plus, discussion EU and US: A Growing Continental Divide on Privacy with Phil Lee, a Partner in the Privacy and Information Law Group at Field Fisher Waterhouse.

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