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John Perry Barlow
Electronic Frontier Foundation
San Francisco, CA

454 Shotwell St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Work: 415-436-9333

ex-Grateful Dead lyricist/FirstAmendment/tech crusader

Excerpted from John Perry Barlow's "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace" (http://homes.eff.org/~barlow/Declaration-Final.html):

Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.

We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one, so I address you with no greater authority than that with which liberty itself always speaks. I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us. You have no moral right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.

Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. You have neither solicited nor received ours. We did not invite you. You do not know us, nor do you know our world. Cyberspace does not lie within your borders. Do not think that you can build it, as though it were a public construction project. You cannot. It is an act of nature and it grows itself through our collective actions.

See Electronic Frontier Foundation and BarlowFriendz.

For some information on John Perry Barlow, see http://homes.eff.org/~barlow/.