CLBR Finale – 2018 Heroes and Zeros

 2018 Heroes and Zeros



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On December 19, CLBR will have its annual year-end Heroes and Zeros episode in which, with guests Brenda Christensen, Denise Howell and Dan Tynan, we highlight those doing wonderful things on the internet and those deserving a cyber lump of coal.

Sadly, it most likely will be our last live broadcast as I have decided its time to move on.  Officially, I am taking a break for a few months before finally deciding whether to continue with the show for a ninth season.

Our Guests

the judges

Brenda Christensen (@brendachrist)

One of the most frequent guests on this show, Brenda Christensen is CEO of Stellar Public Relations, a world leader in public relations, investor relations, branding, funding and corporate guidance with direct attributable growth worth over millions of dollars. Ms. Christensen currently serves as an adviser on private boards in North America, and previously served as corporate officer for a publicly held technology company, across multiple continents.

A leading corporate communications and public relations expert, board member and corporate officer of leading global technology companies, Brenda has provided strategic corporate guidance and governance, as well as successfully created and managed global messaging campaigns for such prestigious companies as Apple, McAfee, Panda Security, NEC, GM and many others.

She was voted “PR SourceCode Top 10 Tech Communicators” by 800 leading journalists and bloggers, as well as “Best PR in Tech” by Robert Scoble. In addition, she is listed as a top PR pro to follow on Twitter by Business2Community and HubSpot named her one of the “Most Influential on Facebook.” Ms. Christensen was selected by The Economist for its prestigious cybersecurity simulation panel, including Richard A. Clarke, chief counter-terrorism advisor under George W. Bush for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Denise Howell (@dhowell)

A return Heroes and Zeros guest, Denise is a technology lawyer (Boalt Hall ’90), specializing in all forms of online communication and interaction, including privacy and privacy compliance, social media law and policy, and copyright and licensing.  Since 2006, she has hosted This WEEK in LAW, a weekly panel discussion about technology law on Leo Laporte’s TWiT Network. She authored one of the first law-related weblogs (and coined the term “blawg”).

She has been featured in The Huffington Post’s “Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter” and “Google+ Users You Need to Follow,” received an Honorable Mention in the AlwaysOn/Technorati Open Media 100, has blogged for CBS Interactive and The Industry Standard, and have been a regular speaker, analyst, and commentator on tech law and policy issues since the early ’00’s.

Dan Tynan (@tynanwrites)

Along with Brenda, Dan has been this show’s most frequent guest. His bio as prepared by him:

Dan Tynan has been writing about technology and filling up space since the invention of electricity. He has published literally thousands of stories, most of which neither he nor anyone else can remember. Thank God for Google.

He currently writes and consults for a wide range of publications and private companies, including The Guardian, Adweek, Fast Company, Family Circle, and Consumer Reports. That’s the short list.

In a previous life, Tynan was Editor in Chief of Yahoo Tech, David Pogue’s technology news site, now part of Verizon’s Oath [insert your own joke here].

Tynan is a regular contributor to Family Circle magazine, where he writes about the intersection of families and technology. At various times in his career, he was also a) contributing editor at PCWorld and InfoWorld, b) columnist for CNET and US Airways magazine, and c) author of the Thank You For Not Sharing privacy blog for ITworld, beloved by tens of readers. He continues to write about cybersecurity, edtech, cutting-edge companies, and geeky satire for a wide range of publications and Web sites. The rest of the time he is probably taking a nap.

Tynan’s work has appeared in more than 70 publications (including but not limited to: Wired, Popular Science, Women’s Health, Parade, Consumer’s Digest, Newsweek, He has appeared on national television (ABC, CNN, CBS, PBS) and been quoted in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Tynan is a two-time finalist for a National Magazine Award and has a closet full of other trophies and medals from the American Business Press, American Society of Business Press Editors, Western Publications Association, and others he has forgotten about entirely. Yet he remains a humble scribe, oblivious to his laurels, relentless in his ongoing quest to serve the reader.

For the nitty-gritty on his career, see his LinkedIn profile:

Heroes and Zeros

My list of heroes and zeros are below (asterisk indicates repeat in that category)


2018 ZEROS

Parkland Student Activists
Heroes of the Year
Mohammed bin Salman
Zero of the Year
California Bird
George Conway Facebook*
Phyllis Gottlieb Bob Goodlatte
Kashmir Hill Google*
Lina Kahn Alex Jones
Cameron Kerry Ajit Pai*
Brad Smith Squirrels
Robert Ellis Smith Donald J. Trump*
Kara Swisher Verizon

In Memoriam

Penny Marshall

Hiep Thi Le

One year ago today, actress, mother, restaurateur, and friend Hiep Thi Le died of stomach cancer at the age of 46.