CLBR Names Heroes and Zeroes for 2012


In the final CLBR edition for 2012, a panel of Dan Tynan and Brenda Christensen joined host Bennet Kelley in naming the Cyber Heroes and Zeroes for 2012.


  • Big Data
  • Doug Gansler, Maryland Attorney General
  • Kamala Harris, California Attorney General
  • Jayne Hitchcock, Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA)
  • Mike Masnick, CEO of TechDirt
  • Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo
  • Tom McMillen, former Congressman and Olympian
  • Watson Meng, Publisher of Boxun
  • Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)


  • Big Data
  • Charles Carreon
  • Delta Airlines
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Mayan Calendar
  • Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
  • Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard


Brenda Christensen – Director of Public Relations at Nimble

With over 25 years of high tech corporate communications and public relations experience, Brenda has successfully created and managed global messaging campaigns for such prestigious companies as Secure Computing, Panda Software, Maximizer Software, GoldMine Software, NEC, DTK Computer, Wang Laboratories, Symplex Communications and General Motors Robotics.

As PR Director for Secure Computing, she orchestrated a successful post-acquisition restructuring of global public relations, and initiated several thought leadership campaigns with media placements in CNN, NPR and hundreds of media outlets worldwide.

At leading antivirus provider Panda Software as PR Director, her team successfully launched a leading edge artificial intelligence “zero-day attack” solution, resulting in multiple prestigious product awards, including PC World’s coveted “Best Buy.” Her success at Panda resulted in over 84,000 media outlet placements, including, Financial Times and CNN, reaching millions worldwide in less than one year.

Previously, as V.P., Corporate Marketing and Corporate Officer for Maximizer Software, Brenda successfully took the company public and orchestrated two separate successful public fundings of both $10 million and $15 million, respectively. In addition to providing strategic business counsel as Corporate Officer, her corporate marketing responsibilities at Maximizer included worldwide strategic planning and implementation of investor relations, public relations and external communications.

As Director of Public Relations for GoldMine Software for seven years, she built and directed an internal PR team which garnered more than 100 product and corporate awards, including four consecutive PC Magazine “Editors’ Choice” awards and the software industry’s most acclaimed award – the Software Publisher Association’s “Codie.”

Specialties: Additional achievements include launching the world’s first cellular/PC notebook workstation for NEC, and a Silver Anvil nomination. Brenda has also implemented public relations strategies for many Fortune 500 companies, including Domino’s Pizza, Kmart, Uniroyal, Stroh Brewery, Owens Illinois, TRW-Automotive Division and United Technologies. Her public relations efforts have resulted in more than 300 product and corporate awards and thousands of media placements throughout her career.

Daniel Tynan is an American journalist, television and radio commentator who specializes in technology, humor, and humorous takes on technology. A contributing editor for PC World,, and Family Circle magazine, he recently launched a new Geek Humor Web site titled eSarcasm, along with partner JR Raphael.

Tynan formerly wrote the Our Digital Life (formerly Tech Smart) column for US Airways Magazineand the Culture Crash blog for, and tends the Robert X. Cringely blog “Notes From the Field” for InfoWorld.

His work has appeared in more than 50 publications, including NewsweekFamily CirclePopular ScienceWired, and He has appeared on CNN, CBS, NPR, Discovery, and Fox News, as well as dozens of regional television and radio programs.

His satirical blog, The WitList, has been featured in the journal Editor and Publisher, as well as other blogs such as Crooks and Liars, Daily Kos, Firedoglake, The Huffington Post, and TPM Cafe. His technology blog can be found at

Bennet Kelley is the host of Cyber Law and Business Report and founder of the Internet Law Center in Santa Monica.  Bennet is a past co-chair of the California Bar Cyberspace Committee and was one of two private-sector lawyers chosen to by the U.S. Department of Commerce to present on e-commerce legal issues as part of the 17th US-China Legal Exchange.

Bennet also is publisher of the award-winning newsletter Cyber Report and an award-winning political columnist.