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The Game of Humans & Gods
- What it is and how it has evolved in the information age -
By:
Chris Allsup
April 2016
*Update...
What is the nature of Technology, Governance, and
Religion with respect to their impacts on humans?
How has Technology cha...
The Game of Humans and Gods is Governed by Human Emotions
How have advancements in human technology impacted this game?
What is The Nature of Technology?
• Entailing a means to serve a human purpose
• Involve an assemblage of practices and co...
• Increased complexity & adoption of information/bio-technologies
• Information stored globally
• Majority of information ...
Impact #2: New Definitions to Key Terms in The Game of Gods
Technologies
Religion Governance
• Seek to give humans hope an...
How Do These Technologies Evolve?
The closer religion & governance systems get to changing domains the
more authoritarian ...
U.S. Constitutional Interpretation
• Democratic Constitutionalists
• What should the Constitution Provide?
• The Issue of ...
Methods To Maintain Legitimacy
Method #1:
Create parallel tracks of preventative law enforcement that route
around the tra...
Examples of Methods In Action – 1 of 10
Example #1: Supporting Parallel Track of Laws/Policies &
Circumventing Bill of Rig...
Examples of Methods In Action - 2 of 10
Example #2: Supporting Parallel Track of Laws/Policies
• Attorney Generals threate...
Examples of Methods In Action - 3 of 10
Example #3: Conscription of Private Power
Technology
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Telco Other Industries
• In...
Examples of Methods In Action - 4 of 10
Example #4: Circumventing Bill of Rights
- 2014 Harvard Law Symposium on 1st Amend...
Examples of Methods In Action - 5 of 10
Example #5: Supporting Parallel Track of Laws/Policies
• July 2015 – US DOJ rules ...
Examples of Methods In Action - 6 of 10
Example #6: Supporting Parallel Track of Laws/Policies &
Circumventing Bill of Rig...
Examples of Methods In Action - 7 of 10
Example #7: Private Power & Private Public Cooperation
• $16.7 million spent on lo...
Examples of Methods In Action - 8 of 10
Example #8: Supporting Parallel Track of Laws/Policies &
Circumventing Bill of Rig...
Examples of Methods In Action - 9 of 10
Example #9: Supporting Parallel Track of Laws/Policies &
Circumventing Bill of Rig...
Examples of Methods In Action - 10 of 10
Example #10: Supporting Parallel Track of Laws/Policies &
Circumventing Bill of R...
In The Information Age Who is Playing God?
Q&A
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The Game of Humans & Gods

  1. 1. The Game of Humans & Gods - What it is and how it has evolved in the information age - By: Chris Allsup April 2016 *Updated January 2017
  2. 2. What is the nature of Technology, Governance, and Religion with respect to their impacts on humans? How has Technology changed Politics? Original Research Question: Replacement Research Question:
  3. 3. The Game of Humans and Gods is Governed by Human Emotions How have advancements in human technology impacted this game?
  4. 4. What is The Nature of Technology? • Entailing a means to serve a human purpose • Involve an assemblage of practices and components (both devices and methods) • A collection of devices and engineering practices available to a particular culture (System of ideological beliefs) Brian Arthur, “The Nature of Technology” Technologies seek progress by changing domains (i.e. Transition from Analog to Digital Devices)
  5. 5. • Increased complexity & adoption of information/bio-technologies • Information stored globally • Majority of information owned by governments & corporations • Information not sufficiently secure from theft and illicit use Implication: Our real and digital lives are one in the same but treated as separate and unequal, leaving our real lives at increased risk Impact #1: Humans Have a Digital Life that Mirrors Their Physical Life
  6. 6. Impact #2: New Definitions to Key Terms in The Game of Gods Technologies Religion Governance • Seek to give humans hope and faith • Require human information to function • Contribute ideas governing human behavior • Struggle to adapt to rapid changes in human behavior impacted by new information tools & technologies Implication: The more they struggle to serve their intended purposes, the more they fight for their legitimacy Similar Purposes:
  7. 7. How Do These Technologies Evolve? The closer religion & governance systems get to changing domains the more authoritarian they become in pursuit of legitimacy Example #1: ISIS (The Islamic State) Example #2: The Republic of Turkey (Islamic Republic of Turkey) Example #3: United States Government (The Religion of State Power) Technologies Religion Governance Technologies ReligionGovernance
  8. 8. U.S. Constitutional Interpretation • Democratic Constitutionalists • What should the Constitution Provide? • The Issue of Candor • Positive Rights Doctrine • Positive rights are privileges developed by government through laws subject to ideological interpretation • “Simpler Government” = Authoritarian Government Implication: Positive bias for state power at the expense of Constitutional rights
  9. 9. Methods To Maintain Legitimacy Method #1: Create parallel tracks of preventative law enforcement that route around the traditional guarantees of the Bill of Rights Method #2: Transition traditional law enforcement and social services to increasingly resemble the new parallel tracks of laws Method #3: Leverage private power in private/public cooperation Jack Balkin, “The Constitution in the National Surveillance State.”
  10. 10. Examples of Methods In Action – 1 of 10 Example #1: Supporting Parallel Track of Laws/Policies & Circumventing Bill of Rights • National Security Letters • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court • Prism Program • Bulk Data Collection * Edward Snowden NSA Documents Archive
  11. 11. Examples of Methods In Action - 2 of 10 Example #2: Supporting Parallel Track of Laws/Policies • Attorney Generals threatening legal action against groups engaging in political speech (Climate Change) • IRS administratively targeting Tea Party Groups to slow/cutoff donations
  12. 12. Examples of Methods In Action - 3 of 10 Example #3: Conscription of Private Power Technology * Telco Other Industries • Insurance • Healthcare • Finance • Manufacturing • Energy • Defense • Etc.
  13. 13. Examples of Methods In Action - 4 of 10 Example #4: Circumventing Bill of Rights - 2014 Harvard Law Symposium on 1st Amendment - Led by Democratic Constitutionalists - Purpose to address positive bias in 1st Amendment Symposium Paper Topics: 1. First Amendment Common Sense 2. Press Exceptionalism “How to Identify the Press and its protections” 3. The “New” New York Times: Free Speech Lawyering in the Times of Google and Twitter 4. Old School/New School Speech Regulation 5. More Than A Feeling: Emotion and the First Amendment; “Resolving Discrepancies in the regulation of emotional expression”
  14. 14. Examples of Methods In Action - 5 of 10 Example #5: Supporting Parallel Track of Laws/Policies • July 2015 – US DOJ rules to restrict info from Inspector Generals (Privileged Access) • August 2015 – Majority of Inspector Generals sign a letter to Congress illustrating how their requests for oversight information are being denied & delayed
  15. 15. Examples of Methods In Action - 6 of 10 Example #6: Supporting Parallel Track of Laws/Policies & Circumventing Bill of Rights • November 2015 FISC Court ruling enables FBI to utilize data collected by foreign Intelligence programs in domestic law enforcement efforts • FBI can hold encrypted data indefinitely "It's clear that the government's conversion of a spying program that is justified on terrorism and foreign intelligence grounds into a tool for investigating ordinary crimes is one that raises deep constitutional concerns” Patrick Toomey, ACLU Lawyer
  16. 16. Examples of Methods In Action - 7 of 10 Example #7: Private Power & Private Public Cooperation • $16.7 million spent on lobbying in 2015 • 427 Meetings at White House • Over 250 people have moved between government & Google since 2009 • Google = White House IT Help Desk • Similar world views on Privacy & Data
  17. 17. Examples of Methods In Action - 8 of 10 Example #8: Supporting Parallel Track of Laws/Policies & Circumventing Bill of Rights • Pentagon Inspector General employee blows whistle on DOD & DOJ regarding whistle blower retaliation • Destruction of exculpatory evidence (Thomas Drake Case) • Whistle blowing system is a ‘trap’ for those seeking to expose government corruption and wrongdoing • DOD inspector general is often touted as the gold standard for government oversight
  18. 18. Examples of Methods In Action - 9 of 10 Example #9: Supporting Parallel Track of Laws/Policies & Circumventing Bill of Rights • U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approves 2017 Intelligence Bill in 14- 1 vote • Proposed Bill vastly expands FBI’s warrantless access to American’s online records • Changes the scope of the term “Electronic Communications transaction record” enabling expansion of National Security Letters over traditional warrants based on probable cause (Expands the Public/Private relationship leveraging private power)
  19. 19. Examples of Methods In Action - 10 of 10 Example #10: Supporting Parallel Track of Laws/Policies & Circumventing Bill of Rights • January 3rd 2017 – Attorney General Loretta Lynch & DNI James Clapper sign an order that expands the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intel agencies before applying any privacy protections. • The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. • The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.
  20. 20. In The Information Age Who is Playing God?
  21. 21. Q&A

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