CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  John Perry Barlow

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Biography

I am a free agent and peripheral visionary.

John Perry Barlow
Born, Jackson Hole, Wyoming October 3, 1947

I went to elementary school in a one room schoolhouse and graduated in 1969 with High Honors in comparative religion from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

I owned an operated a large cattle ranch in Wyoming for 17 years and wrote songs with The Grateful Dead from 1970 until 1995.

In 1990, at the dawn of Internet inhabitation, I co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation with Mitch Kapor and John Gilmore and remain its Vice-Chair still. I was the first to apply the Bill Gibson's term Cyberspace to the "place" it presently describes.

I have written for a diversity of publications, including Communications of the ACM, Mondo 2000, The New York Times, Time, Forbes ASAP, and, from its inception, Wired. My piece on the future of copyright, "The Economy of Ideas" is taught in many law schools and my "Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace" is posted on thousands of web sites.

I am currently writing songs with The String Cheese Incident.

Since 1998, I have been a Berkman Fellow at the Harvard Law School.

I work actively with several consulting groups, including DiamondCluster, Vanguard, and Global Business Network.

I was called "One of the 25 Most Influential People in Financial Services” by FutureBanker Magazine, “The Thomas Jefferson of Cyberspace” by Yahoo Internet Life, and a “Cyberspace Cadet” by the Wall Street Journal.

I write, speak, and consult on a variety of subjects, ranging through digital economy, the perils of excessive copyright protection, the intelligence agencies, and the spiraling decline of civil liberties.

I am working with Gilberto Gil, Brazil's Minister of Culture, in an effort to get all of Brazil's music online. I am also involved in several germinal enterprises aimed at creating a new kind of music industry.

I live in Wyoming, New York, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, On the Road, and in Cyberspace.

I have a 1970 BMW R75/5 in San Francisco and a 1999 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 in Chicago.

I am the father of three young daughters and I aspire to be a good ancestor.

Interests

Liberty, Dancing, Conversation, Connection, Women, Politics, Raising Daughters, Death, Cultural Immune Response, Computers (particularly Macintosh computers), Buddhism/Taosim/Mysticism, The Inner Lives of Others, Scuba Diving, Old Cars, Psychedelics, Intelligence (in all senses), Risk, Motorcycles, Burning Man, Tools, Non-Carbon-Based Life, Angels & Avatars, Synchronicity, and Love Above All.