CLBR #168: Stan Stahl Returns to Discuss the State of Cyber Security from Sony to DC to Sacto

STAN3X3.jpgCLBR #168: The State of Cyber Security from Sony to DC to Sacto with Stan Stahl

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Stan Stahl returns for the 7th Time to give us an update of the state of cyber security today from Sony to Washington and even Sacramento where he is part of the Cyber Security Task Force.

Stan is the President of Citadel Information Group and the Los Angeles chapter of the Information Security Systems Association (ISSA-LA).

Twitter: @stanstahl

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Most Members of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Offer to Take Lashes For Raif Badawi

Seven of the nine commissioners wrote to the Saudi government to ask that Badawi’s flogging be stopped.

And yet, we note with sorrow that in the Kingdom itself Raif Badawi stands condemned under rules that flagrantly violate these human rights and civil liberties and is being subjected to an unspeakably cruel punishment of 1000 lashes. We call on the government of the Kingdom to put a halt to this grave injustice. We are informed that Mr. Badawi has already endured 50 lashes and will soon be made to endure 50 more. We are deeply alarmed by the prospect of his continued and grave suffering

Compassion, a virtue honored in Islam as well as in Christianity, Judaism, and other faiths, is defined as “suffering with another.” We are persons of different faiths, yet we are united in a sense of obligation to condemn and resist injustice and to suffer with its victims, if need be. We therefore make the following request. If your government will not remit the punishment of Raif Badawi, we respectfully ask that you permit each of us to take 100 of the lashes that would be given to him. We would rather share in his victimization than stand by and watch him being cruelly tortured. If your government does not see fit to stop this from happening, we are prepared to present ourselves to receive our share of Mr. Badawi’s unjust punishment.

KALIKA1Congratulations to “Mom-preneur” Kalika Yap

Yesterday, the Hallmark Channel had a feature on serial entrepreneur Kalika Yap. It is a great segment on turning your ideas into businesses. Kalika has several successful businesses including Citrus Studios, Luxe Link and The Waxing Co. and considered being a co-host of CLBR.

Nice Job, MB!

Moses Brown is a Providence prep school founded by the abolitionist brother of John Brown, the slave trader who founded Brown University blocks away.  Moses would lead the fight to ban the importation of slaves and his brother’s ship, SS Hope, was the first one seized.  I have a number of friends who attended MB and this week I”m sure they are proud as their Headmaster’s Snow Day announcement went viral.

Go Pats!


Today is Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day is an international effort centered on Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.

One of the day’s events is the release of the documentary Cyber Seniors.  Here’s a preview.


Remembering Challenger 29 Years Ago

It was one of those moments you always remember.  Where were you when you heard the news that the Space Shuttle Challenger had exploded?


  • The Internet of Things and Privacy
    The FTC has released its staff report on its November workshop on The Internet of Things and that likely will be our topic for next week.
  • Frank Pasquale – Black Box Society.Every day, corporations are connecting the dots about our personal behavior—silently scrutinizing clues left behind by our work habits and Internet use. The data compiled and portraits created are incredibly detailed, to the point of being invasive. But who connects the dots about what firms are doing with this information? The Black Box Society argues that we all need to be able to do so—and to set limits on how big data affects our lives.Hidden algorithms can make (or ruin) reputations, decide the destiny of entrepreneurs, or even devastate an entire economy. Shrouded in secrecy and complexity, decisions at major Silicon Valley and Wall Street firms were long assumed to be neutral and technical. But leaks, whistleblowers, and legal disputes have shed new light on automated judgment. Self-serving and reckless behavior is surprisingly common, and easy to hide in code protected by legal and real secrecy. Even after billions of dollars of fines have been levied, underfunded regulators may have only scratched the surface of this troubling behavior.Frank Pasquale exposes how powerful interests abuse secrecy for profit and explains ways to rein them in. Demanding transparency is only the first step. An intelligible society would assure that key decisions of its most important firms are fair, nondiscriminatory, and open to criticism. Silicon Valley and Wall Street need to accept as much accountability as they impose on others.