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
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.
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.
co-wrote songs with the Grateful Dead from 1971 until their
demise in 1995. . He's known them since they looked like this.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
he recognizes that there is a difference between information
and experience and he vastly prefers the latter.
is the father of three daughters, Leah Justine,
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
Barlow Bailey is 92 years old, can still outdrive her
age in mph, and ought to be declared a National Monument.
lives in Pinedale, Wyoming (the only county seat in America
without a stoplight), New York's Chinatown, on The Road, and
is still mourning the death
of Dr. Cynthia Horner.