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He fought for the independence of the Internet: John Perry Barlow, founder of the organization EFF and lyricist of the Grateful Dead, died at the age of 70 years.

Activist: Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow is dead

He fought for the independence of the Internet: John Perry Barlow, founder of the organization EFF and lyricist of the Grateful Dead, died at the age of 70 years.

Activist: Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow is dead

He was a farmer and wrote lyrics for well-known US band Grateful Dead. Above all, he was an internet pioneer and an activist for freedom of expression and press: John Perry Barlow died on Wednesday.

It was last frontier and land beyond it should be "completely independent of tyranny that you aspire to exert on us". That was what Barlow 1996 called for in Declaration of Independence of cyberspace. "Governments of industrial world, ir weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from cyberspace, new home of spirit. In name of future, I ask you, representative of a past time: leave us alone! You are not welcome with us. You have no more power where we gar. "

A visit to FBI has implications

Six years before Declaration of Independence, he founded Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), in response to a visit to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). There, he later told, he experienced a state confusion that put everyone's freedoms at risk. That should prevent EFF.

Barlow was born on October 3, 1947, in U.S. state of Wyoming and grew up on his parents ' farm. He was a 15-year-old friend of school with Bob Weir. When Weir started as a guitarist at Grateful Dead, Barlow lyricist became American rock band until its dissolution in year 1995.

Barlow moved to Harvard on a trip to

Barlow studied comparative religious studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and graduated in 1969 with distinction. He n enrolled at Harvard Law School, but dropped out of college and travelled world for two years instead. 1971 he took over farm of his family and ran it for 20 years, while his or activities, such as grateful-dead texts, were running alongside.

The last decades of his life, Barlow was busy with Internet. He wrote and gave lectures on how Internet and digitalization will affect society. "It is not an exaggeration to say that large portions of Internet that we all know and love exist today and thrive through Barlow's vision and leadership. He always regarded internet as a fundamental place of freedom, where voices that have been silenced for a long time can be heard, and people are able to connect with ors, regardless of ir physical distance, "he praised EFF chief Cindy Cohn.

Barlow died on February 6, 2018 in San Francisco, according to EFF, peacefully asleep. A cause of death was not mentioned, but after a heart attack in year 2015 his health was struck. He was 70 years old.

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