John Perry Barlow
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 Cyberspace to the already-existing global electronic social space now generally referred to by that name. Until his naming it, it had not been considered any sort of place.
"He speaks, consults, writes for a living. He has written for a wild diversity of publications, ranging from Communications of the ACM to The New York Times to Nerve°. He was on the masthead of Wired for many years. His piece for Wired on the future of copyright, The Economy of Ideas, is now taught in many law schools. His manifesto, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace has been widely distributed on the Net and can be found on more than 20, 000 sites. Partly as a consequence of that, he was called "the Thomas Jefferson of Cyberspace" by Yahoo Internet Life Magazine back when such cyber-hyperbole was fashionable.
"He is a recognized commentator on information economics, digitized intellectual goods, cyber liberties, virtual community, electronic cash, cryptography policy, privacy, and the social, cultural, and legal conditions forming in Cyberspace. He also works as a consultant on such matters with the Vanguard Group, DiamondCluster Exchange, and the Global Business Network. He is also a member of the External Advisory Council of the National Computational Science Alliance.
"In recent years, he has devoted much of his time and energy helping to "wire" the Southern Hemisphere to the North and has traveled extensively in Africa. His Wired piece, "Africa Rising" describes the first of these journeys. More recently, he has been working with Brazil's Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, in an effort to get all of Brazil's music online." 
In June of 1999, FutureBanker Magazine (an ABA Publication) named him "One of the 25 Most Influential People in Financial Services," even though he isn't in financial services.
- Director, Freedom of the Press Foundation 
- Director, The Future 500 
- Member, Global Business Network
- Advisory Board, Tree Media Group
- Advisory Board, Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics 
- Advisory Board, Black Rock Arts Foundation 
- Advisory Board, Rex Foundation 
- Advisory Board, Clear Path International 
Resources and articles
Related Sourcewatch articles
- John Perry Barlow, Electronic Frontier Foundation, accessed January 21, 2008.
- Freedom of the Press Foundation Directors, organizational web page, accessed April 15, 2019.
- Board, The Future 500, accessed December 16, 2011.
- Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics Who, organizational web page, accessed October 16, 2013.
- Black Rock Arts Foundation Advisory Board, organizational web page, accessed November 1, 2013.
- Rex Foundation Board, organizational web page, accessed November 1, 2013.
- Clear Path International People, organizational web page, accessed December 17, 2013.