The influence of the internet rich-rights pioneer John Perry Barlow has died at the age of 70.
Mr. Barlow was one of the co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which campaigns on digital rights issues and was a Director of the organization for many years.
He was an advocate of free speech and wrote to representative on the net potential for the company.
Mr Barlow also spent years writing lyrics for the Grateful Dead rock group, and also ran a cattle ranch.
Bob Weir, one of the band’s founding members, tweeted that Mr Barlow would live “in the songs that we wrote”.
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Cindy Cohn, the head of the EFF, announced Mr Barlow’s death say that he died peacefully in his sleep on 7. February. Mr. Barlow had been ill for several years, but few details were given about his medical problems.
“It is no exaggeration to say that large parts of the Internet that we all know and love today exist and thrive because of Barlow, the vision and leadership,” said Ms. Cohn.
Mr. Barlow’s interest in digital rights arose from his conflict with the Well – one of the earliest electronic chat forums. He was among the first to describe how virtual forums as “cyber-space” and to argue that the Roman territory called for new rules, behaviors and laws.
The EFF was of the work he’s with some of the Well-high-profile-members, in trouble with the police and the FBI for a variety of alleged computer crimes.
In 1996, he wrote the often-cited Declaration of the independence of Cyberspace, calling on the governments of the world to stop meddling in the Affairs of the network-centric communities.
“You are not welcome. You have no sovereignty where we gather,” he wrote.
In her speech, Ms. Cohn of the EFF, Mr Barlow defended against the charges that he encouraged a view of the network as a force that would bring about positive social change with few consequences.
“Barlow knew that the new technology could create and empower the evil as much as it could to create and enable good. He made a conscious decision to focus on the latter,” she said.