TYNAN-CHRISTENSEN RETURN FOR
YEAR-END HEROES AND ZEROS
As we do every year, we end the year with a light-hearted review of the cyber heroes and zeros of the year.
Our frequent guests Dan Tynan and Brenda Christensen will be the judges. My nominees are below. Dan is an award-winning tech journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo Tech. Brenda is a tech veteran and President of Stellar Communications.
ASHLEIGH BANFIELD/JOE BIDEN
The victim’s letter in Brock Turner’s sexual assault trial goes viral after publication in Buzzfeed and after CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield reads the letter on the air. Kudos also to Vice President Biden for a moving response to the victim.
BONNI COHEN & JON SHENK
Cohen and Shenk directed Audrie and Daisy. A film about two different girls sexually assaulted on two different nights, in two different towns. Audrie & Daisy takes a hard look at the issues faced by America’s teenagers who are coming of age in the new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.
Gibney directed Zero Days which explores the impact and implications of the Sutxnet virus. The film is based on Kim Zeller’s book, “Countdown to Zero Days.” Zeller discussed her book on CLBR #176 in March 2015.
Natalie Hampton is a 16-year-old Los Angeles student who launched a free mobile app to help bullied students find accepting classmates and a seat in the school cafeteria.
ROTARY CLUB OF POWAY – SCRIPPS/ PERSONALLY FIT
The San Diego County Rotary Club and Personally Fit sponsored a GoFundMe campaign to send 104-year-old Ray Chavez, the oldest living Pearl Harbor veteran, to Pearl Harbor for the 75th-anniversary ceremony. See Cyber Report post on the campaign.
Royal is a developer creates browser extension – Make America Kittens Again – that replaces images of Donald Trump with pictures of kittens.
California Congresswoman Jackie Speier introduced the first federal bill outlawing revenge porn (the Intimate Privacy Protection Act). We spoke with Cyber Civil Rights Initiative Vice President Mary Ann Franks about the legislation in October (CLBR # 234).
She also led the reading of the Brock Turner assault victim’s on the House floor.
Whether it was Leicester City overcoming 5000-1 odds to win their first Premier League championship in 132 years; the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908 or the Cleveland Cavaliers bringing Cleveland its first title since 1954, these underdogs were one of the bright spots in a dismal year.
Ari Ezra Waldman is the Founder and Director of the Tyler Clementi Institute for CyberSafety, which includes the first-of-its-kind law school pro bono clinic representing victims of online harassment. He was featured on CLBR #224 in June.
As discussed in CLBR #233 with Human Rights Watch’s Kristine Beckerle, Saudi women have launched a daring campaign via Twitter and an online petition to reverse male guardianship rules that treat them as second-class citizens.
In a crowded year of Zeros, by far the biggest zero was death – who took with him far too many legends.
Some other notable Zeros:
- Practically everyone involved in the 2016 election.
Yes, I supported Hillary Clinton but let’s address the elephant in the room. You set up a private email server knowing full well that you are planning on running for President in 2016. This decision and repeatedly fumbling the response handed a gift to your opponents. But there is plent of blame to go around. From Trump’s tweets, to the BernieBots, the Alt Right (aka White Supremacist) and the media utterly failing to cover the issues, the 2016 election was a sordid affair.
- Elizabeth Holmes
Q: How do you get a small fortune? A: Start with a big one. Holmes’ 50% interest in Theranos was worth $4.5 billion and is now worth next to nothing.
- Dani Mathers
The former Playboy Playmate posted a nude photo of an elderly woman in the shower at her gym with the caption “if I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.” The body-shaming photos may go to a jury since Mathers has been criminally charged.
- Prestigious Pets
How do you screw up pet sitting a fish? Texas company’s attempt to sue consumers who posted a negative review on Yelp backfired bigtime.
Inadequate security and a slow response to what may be a record hack.
. . . and last and very least – our favorite stalker listener who can’t seem to get a life after seven years and a criminal conviction.