Berkman
 Center for Internet and Society
The Debate Over Internet Governance:
A Snapshot in the Year 2000
 

 

Introduction


Interviews

    Karl Auerbach
    Fred Baker

    John Perry Barlow
    Dave Crocker
    Jay Fenello
    Carl Kaplan
 
    Michael Krieger
    Jamie Love
    Eric Menge
    Charles Nesson

    Mike Roberts
    Joe Sims

    

Topics
  Consensus
   The Future
   Governance
   ICANN
   The Internet
   Participants' Internet
      Background
   Participants' Biographies


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JOHN PERRY BARLOW


From John Perry Barlow's Website:

John Perry Barlow is a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Since May of 1998, he has been a Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society

He was born in Sublette County, Wyoming in 1947, was educated there in a one room schoolhouse, and graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut with an honors degree in comparative religion in 1969.

In 1971, he began operating the Bar Cross Land and Livestock Company, a large cow-calf operation in Cora, Wyoming where he grew up. He continued to do so until he sold it in 1988.

He co-wrote songs with the Grateful Dead from 1971 until their demise in 1995. . He's known them since they looked like this.

In 1990 he and Mitchell Kapor founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization which promotes freedom of expression in digital media. He currently serves as its Vice Chairman.

In 1990, he first applied William Gibson's science fiction term Cyberspaceto the already-existing global electronic social space now generally refered to by that name. Until his naming it, it had not been considered any sort of place.

He is a writer and lecturer on subjects relating to the virtualization of society and is a contributing editor of numerous publications, including Communications of the ACM. He has been a contributing writer for Wired since its first issue. His writings, which include his Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace as well as The Economy of Ideas, have been widely distributed on the Net. Because of the former, he has been called "the Thomas Jefferson of Cyberspace" by Yahoo Internet Life Magazine.

He is a recognized commentator on computer security, Virtual Reality, digitized intellectual property, and the social and legal conditions arising in the global network of connected digital devices. He also works as a consultant on such matters with the Vanguard Group, the Global Business Network, and Diamond Technology Partners. He is also a member of the External Advisory Council of the National Computational Science Alliance.

He probably the only former Republican Country Chairman in America willing to call himself a hippie mystic without lowering his voice, and though he was recently declared by the Utne Reader to be among "100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life," he is generally content to work on changing his own.

Finally, he recognizes that there is a difference between information and experience and he vastly prefers the latter.

He is the father of three daughters, Leah Justine, 16, Anna Winter, 13, and Amelia, 11. They live in Wyoming with their mother, Elaine Parker Barlow, to whom he was married for 17 years before they separated in 1992. They also spend several months a year on the road with him.

His mother, Miriam Barlow Bailey is 92 years old, can still outdrive her age in mph, and ought to be declared a National Monument.

He lives in Pinedale, Wyoming (the only county seat in America without a stoplight), New York's Chinatown, on The Road, and in Cyberspace.

He is still mourning the death of Dr. Cynthia Horner.


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