John Perry Barlow is a retired Wyoming rancher and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead. He cowrote songs with the band from 1971 until 1995 when Jerry Garcia died and they disbanded.

In 1990, Barlow used William Gibson's term "cyberspace" in reference to the online community and founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation with Mitch Kapor. He has since been recognized as an expert commentator on cyberspace issues ranging from privacy and cyber liberties to electronic cash.

In 2000, Barlow helped start Bridges.Org to assist people in developing countries use technology - to bridge the digital divide. He is also a Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

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Cyberspace Independence Declaration
Barlow's manifesto posted to the net on February 8, 1996, the day after the Telecom Reform Act of 1996 was signed into law.
The Debate Over Internet Governance: John Perry Barlow
Barlow's comments on ICANN, the marketplace of ideas, laws in cyberspace, government vs. governance, and the future.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Non-profit, non-partisan organization, founded by Mitch Kapor and John Perry Barlow, working to protect fundamental civil liberties, including privacy and freedom of expression, in the arena of computers and the Internet.
The Hacker Crackdown: The Civil Libertarians
Part four of the electronic release of Bruce Sterling's book detailing how illicit copies of Apple source code led to the FBI visiting Barlow and triggered the founding of the EFF.
Arnold King: Bobos in Camden
Essays on the Pop!Tech 2000 Conference, including one on Barlow's comment that "India gets it" and his selective reality. (October 30, 2000)
The Music Magazine: Grateful for a Virtual Apple Pie
A review of Barlow's talk in Bangalore. (October 23, 2000)
The Atlantic: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Copyright?
A roundtable on the future of intellectual property and copyright law in the digital age with panelists Barlow, Lawrence Lessig, Charles C. Mann, and Mark Stefik. (September 10, 1998)
Shambhala Sun: John Perry Barlow
An interview by Bell Hooks on personal and metaphysical topics. (September 01, 1995)
Wired: The Economy of Ideas
An article by Barlow about patents and copyrights in the Digital Age. (March 01, 1994)
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