Month: February 2016

The All-Knowingness and Gross-Secrecy Conundrum

THE ALL KNOWINGNESS AND GROSS SECRECY CONUNDRUM

          Rather than to make scapegoats of engineers, it might be wiser to lay before them a work programme… Elmer Ambrose Sperry, 1930

The development of narrative scripts (writing systems) for numbers and then language facilitated the archival preservation and broad dissemination of facts, fictions, accounts, and fantasy. However, narrative scripts were not nearly as proficient at preservation and dissemination of data as for information, likely inspiring and influencing development of computational scripts (mathematical systems).

The analog embodiment of these scripts accommodated physical and access control of data and information. Analog vested scripts together with analog networks comprised of oceans, seas, rivers, tributaries, and estuaries, brought potent benefits to mankind. Collaboration among family, friends, foe, colleagues, and importantly neighbors, increased in practice and value, as did commerce.

Digital scripts (binary systems) enable composition (production), preservation (storage), replication (virtual copies), and dissemination (distribution) of data and information. Importantly, they enable systems, devices, appliances, and applications to directly engage; machine-to-machine communication is a critical network centric process.

The Digital Ecosystem and Monoculture rely on digital scripts. The Digital Ecosystem is enabled by: Network Service Providers such as AT&T, Verizon, Charter and Comcast; Network Technology OEM such as Cisco, Juniper, and HP; Mobile Architecture Providers such as Microsoft, Apple and Samsung; Application Portals such as Facebook, Google, and Yahoo; and Cloud Facilitators such as Amazon and IBM. The Digital Monoculture enables interoperability among disparate data, applications, and devices.

The personal, commercial, and institutional benefits derived from global access to data and information, and Cloud facilitated on-demand digital resources, are apparent. The former aqueous networks have given way to a digital network of networks called the Internet. Like other game changing advances, digital script enabled technology found itself the chaperone of unintended consequences, the specter of all-knowingness.

In many regards, the Digital Ecosystem and Digital Monoculture are no more vulnerable than were the aqueous commercial networks, transports, and cargos of centuries past. Presently, sophisticated weaponized malware renders differentiation of noble from nefarious intent a daunting technical challenge. The broad disintegration of propriety and privacy has fomented unintended consequences, the specter of gross-secrecy.

All-knowingness is highly addictive. Its proponents crave access to data and information for which its owners hold reasonable expectations of privacy; they see their covert and clandestine actions as expressions of urgent benevolence and commercial expediency. Gross-secrecy is also highly addictive. Its proponents evidence totalitarian resistance to encroachment of both their contemporary and vintage stashes of secrets, believing personal risks always outweigh collective security interests.

Just as all-knowingness is antithetical to privacy, gross-secrecy is antithetical to collective security. Some would argue correctly that security would be enhanced were the barons of all-knowingness to impose this knowledge on everyone with regard to those in their sphere of influence (e.g. contact lists). Others would no doubt argue that vulnerability would be exacerbated as gross-secrets were mismanaged, misunderstood, and manipulated. To varying degrees, both conditions already prevail. Neither all-knowingness nor gross-secrecy alone can serve our highest security or moral interests.

It is important to recognize that neither point of view, all-knowingness or gross-secrecy, is necessarily diabolical, although such cogent consideration runs counter to our social and cultural conditioning, not to mention capitalistic instincts. It is crucial that we determine which resources can and cannot resolve this conundrum. Politics can never resolve this conundrum; politics only offers analytics but can’t run, pass, or catch. The solution must carry the essential genetic markers of the conundrum itself, technology.

Recently, a government coterie (by all accounts considered technology neophytes) missed a valuable opportunity when they marched into the valley of American technology giants with cease and desist vibrato, rather than specific lawful collective security objectives. Such specificity would have allowed the participants to memorialize specific technical goals and boundaries, to which the most creative community of technologist on the planet could innovate. Now positioned as combatants rather than citizen partners, both have launched media campaigns that bring resolution no closer.

Many rightfully question whether all meets the eye. The government might very well posses the assailant’s in-coming and out-going communications Meta data, iCloud backup, social media postings, radicalized training CV, and finance, relationship, and travel history. Could the Administrations petition, based on the All Writs Act of 1789, also seek to weaken limitations imposed by recent lawfully enacted legislation: 2015 Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA), 2015 Modified US-EU Safe Harbor Privacy Framework, and the 2015 Revised Patriot Act? Do American technology companies fear being labeled as conscripted informants of the U.S. government by their global competitors more than they fear U.S. government demands as a harbinger of future demands by other governments?

The most recent outbreak of conundrumitis evidences a disastrous breach of best practices. Politics has cast itself in the role of technologist, issuing specific court sanctioned technical directions. Technologists left with but two courses of action chose the path of lawful resistance over technical submission, challenging the constitutionality of the Attorney Generals petition.

Self-inflicted wounds are now running neck-and-neck with those realized from attacks and assaults by perpetrators. How to get members of team-america to focus more on an effective game plan than on who is captain or who will get the loudest applause, is actually the most dangerous and challenging conundrum we face.

Only Technology can enable All-knowingness and Gross-secrecy to beneficially Coalesce

Stillness Derives from Being

Stillness Derives from Being

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

Learning to discern the difference between a call to a state of being and a call to a state of action is one of the most challenging of insights to attain. Kinetic activity is appealing to the will and self-affirming to the intellect, whereas being speaks to conditioning of the will and subordination of intellectual inclination. While the soul is the capital of both states, the question isn’t which state befits the season or circumstances, but which spirit, truth or deception, preserves jurisdiction.

Spiritual jurisdiction, not juxtaposition of states, determines the veracity of insight discerned by the soul. The beautiful poetic discourse of the 23rd Psalms engages kinetic acts, outcomes, and prophecies to usher the hearer foremost into a state of being:

The Lord is my Shepherd

Silence does not denote His absence

I shall not want

I sense provision before I possess it

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures

He confiscates my schedule in order to nurture my soul

He leadeth me beside the still waters

He escorts me to hushed and tranquil spiritual zones

He restoreth my soul

He first silences my contemplation and then my circumstances

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake

My uncertainty gains clarity, one obedient act at a time

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

My path is determined by His purpose, not prevailing conditions

I will fear no evil, for thou art with me

My companion is a champion fear buster and evil basher

Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me

His governance imparts to me a highly personalized peace

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies

There are things that are His alone to bring to pass

Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over

He first chose me, now my joy inspires riots of envy

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life

He suffers my relentless doing, while providentially inspiring me to be

I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever…

He’s made it clear where I’m to go from here, and being is my passport

A Laughable Strategy: Part 3 of 3

A LAUGHABLE STRATEGY : 3 of 3

1 Samuel 2:28, Luke 15:11-32, 1 Corinthians 13:13

The bouncing baby boy was a dream come true for the parents whose other child had been called to heaven from the womb rather than the world. Soon they discovered the beauty of life in Christ and dedicated their most prized possession to Him. As sanctified in private as they were in public, the parents nurtured the one given over to God, more as a ward of heaven than a son. The Father taught him the power of kindness and hard work to vanquish selfishness and dependence, while the Mother instilled in him confidence and aspiration, unrestrained by voices of apprehension or acquiescence.

While he’d always believed in the deity of Christ, a predilection with religion failed to connect with the call of God he felt so deeply in his heart. However, religion would prove a perfect soul mate for intellectual, professional, social, and cultural enlightenment. This new hybrid-god of enlightenment received all the praise for his many, varied, and significant accomplishments. The son given to and gifted by God preferred the prodigal lifestyle of works to the laughable strategy of faith.

In time the opiate of enlightenment proffered by the hybrid-god, loss its potency to silence the call of God pulsating in his heart. The prodigal was compelled to search out just enough religion to restore the opiate of his addiction to sufficient potency. While he was looking for religion but loitering in the spiritual, the Holy Spirit illuminated the Word, revealing the emptiness of enlightenment and futility of life apart from Christ. Though the son given over to God had in fact reconciled with the true inspiration of his calling, his mind held fast to a preference for objective initiative over the laughable strategy of hope.

God reprised the call on his life with marked clarity by the Word, divine inspiration, and prophetic counsel. He embraced past successes as building blocks of the prophetic vision God had spoken into his spirit. However, the more his love of the Lord grew, the more pronounced seemed the set backs he experienced. While the disintegration was broad, personal, persistent, and painful, the son given over to God experienced joy and peace that surpassed his understanding. Notwithstanding, he envisioned and longed more for prophetic performance than the laughable strategy of love.

By grace and growth his gifts kicked their enlightenment addiction, aligning instead with faith. His initiatives were liberated from blind objectivity, qualified instead by hope. His expectations now found focus beyond circumstances; his heart given over to the love of God alone. Clarity! His ministry and profession were divinely conjoined. The Call he felt so deeply would require complete surrender of all the currency of life: emotions, possessions, potential, and passions. The Spirit of God illuminated a course of action, where the most comprehensive was also the most improbable. The call came quickly, confirming that the Word yet held the power to part seas of impossibility.

A Laughable Strategy: Part 2 of 3

A LAUGHABLE STRATEGY : Part 2 of 3

Joshua 1:1 – 6:27

Though the tent nation from the other side of the sea languished in the wilderness, they routinely surmounted challenges far exceeding their proficiency. Year after year they evidenced no commitment to national strategic initiative or infrastructure development. The efficacy of their theocratic governance could be objectively debated as they repeatedly uprooted the entire citizenry according to the random movements of a single perennial cloud, a laughable strategy.

Eventually their neighbors dismissed them as a menagerie of nomadic savants going nowhere. The One who’d secured their emancipation, enrolled them as student-ministers in the most advanced University of Spiritual Cultivation since the cessation of studies at the Garden of Eden and before the coming of Pentecost. Comprised of twelve different schools, this university of higher calling taught only three courses: reverence, faith, and obedience. Some forty years later the first and only graduating class celebrated its baccalaureate, dressed in war regalia rather than caps and gowns, on the shores of Jordanian destiny.

As it was in the beginning, destiny again lay on the other side of an aqueous barrier of impossibility. Led by representatives from the School of Levitical Studies, they proceed resolutely without so much as a single floatation device, a laughable strategy. After an inexplicable splash-free crossing, they constructed a profound but simple monument to remind their progeny of the faithfulness of the One who’d called them unto Himself.

It yet appeared that breaking into destiny would be every bit as challenging as breaking out had been forty years earlier. Though shielded by a second purportedly impenetrable fortification, the adroitness with which they vanquished the first gave rise to grave concern throughout the region. Ensconced in a defensive but determined posture, the experienced adversary relocated critical resources and non-combatants to the rear. However, their reconnaissance suggested these would be invaders were more adept at revelry and marching than fighting.

Day after day the tent nation from the other side of the other side, marched around the fortification separating them from destiny, blowing horns, yet another laughable strategy. Eventually the alert-status within the protectorate was lowered and non-combatants were allowed to lampoon the spectacle first hand. However, on the seventh day, the Word called for the music to be remixed and instructed that the marching be extended. These changes coincided with the complete collapse of the heretofore-impenetrable fortification. Thereafter, resistance was futile.

Resisting the Word is far to daunting a task for even the richest or most powerful, yet today self-anointed sovereigns remain dedicated to this pursuit. Standing on the Word requires exercise of but a portion of the faith each has been gifted; yet today few are willing to march to the beat of Word music.

A Laughable Strategy: Part 1 of 3

A LAUGHABLE STRATEGY: Part 1 of 3

Exodus 6:1 – 14:31

They had been considered a treasure because of their giftedness, and then a national security threat because of their perceived potential. Their fate appeared to rest upon the negotiating skills of a reluctant Ambassador sent from somewhere in the desert by a Sovereign whose press kit described him simply as “I Am that I Am”. The Ambassador’s curriculum vitae included forty years of governance studies, forty years of wilderness survival studies, and would soon be updated to include a forty-year residency in both.

The Ambassador was directed to command the most powerful Monarch of the province to immediately surrender his most valuable organic assets, allowing them to fulfill their destiny as the chosen servant-ministers of another King and Kingdom. Intelligence reports confirmed that the Ambassadors’ home Kingdom held no military, geographical, or economic resources of consequence. Theirs was a laughable strategy, given the prowess and comprehensiveness of the Monarchs capabilities. No point-spread was posted for this “Rumble on the Nile”.

With contempt, the Monarch implored the Ambassador to either throw in the towel or let the games begin. Convention dictated that the Ambassador return home, pending a military buildup. However, the Ambassador resorted to yet another seemingly laughable strategy. He simply repeated his Kings Words to the Monarch and then extended his shepherd’s staff. From the Word and such a seemingly pedestrian gesture came nine cataclysmic judgments in the form of ecological, biological, meteorological, and cosmological phenomenon. Each judgment was met with defiance and retaliation, rather than capitulation. The Ambassador reticently pondered whether another strategy would be required for Kingdom Power to overcome World Power.

The Ambassador received a new Word from his Sovereign that held fast to the same laughable strategy. So compelling was this Word, the Ambassador directed all would be servant-ministers to first seek a parting gift from their neighbors, and then to book their reservations for the trip by marking the door post of their homes. Unbeknownst to the Monarch, the cost of ignoring the Word was to be far greater than the loss of silver, gold, low cost national palaces, and unfettered personal leisure.

The Word is the most powerful force in the universe; it can never fail. The Kings Word and article of faith in the hand of the Ambassador was powerful enough to provide a red carpet through the sea of impossibility. World Power always laughs first, then dismisses, and finally resists the Word. The Monarchs determined resistance led ultimately to a genealogical holocaust, military annihilation, and economic collapse. So long as the World continues to resist the Word, calamity will remain indelibly imprinted on the human historical experience.