Influential web rights pioneer John Perry Barlow has died, aged 70.
Mr Barlow was a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that campaigns on digital rights points and was a director of the organisation for a few years.
He was an advocate of free speech and wrote in regards to the web’s potential for making society extra consultant.
Mr Barlow additionally spent years writing lyrics for the Grateful Dead rock group and likewise ran a cattle ranch.
Bob Weir, one of many band’s founding members, tweeted that Mr Barlow would “dwell on within the songs we wrote”.
Cindy Cohn, director of the EFF, announced Mr Barlow’s death saying that he died quietly in his sleep on 7 February. Mr Barlow had been ailing for a number of years however few particulars got about his medical issues.
“It is not any exaggeration to say that main components of the web everyone knows and love at this time exist and thrive due to Barlow’s imaginative and prescient and management,” stated Ms Cohn.
Mr Barlow’s curiosity in digital rights grew out of his involvement with the Well – one of many earliest digital chat boards. He was among the many first to explain such digital boards as “cyber-space” and to argue that the novel territory demanded new guidelines, behaviours and legal guidelines.
The EFF grew out of the work he did with among the Well’s high-profile members who acquired into hassle with the police and FBI for quite a lot of alleged pc crimes.
In 1996, he wrote the extensively quoted Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, which requested governments of the world to cease meddling within the affairs of net-centred communities.
“You will not be welcome amongst us. You don’t have any sovereignty the place we collect,” he wrote.
In her eulogy, Ms Cohn of the EFF defended Mr Barlow towards costs that he promoted a view of the web as a power that will result in constructive social change with few penalties.
“Barlow knew that new expertise may create and empower evil as a lot because it may create and empower good. He made a acutely aware resolution to give attention to the latter,” she stated.