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Cyberlibertarian gives Distinguished Holmes lecture

April 8, 2011

American poet, essayist, retired Wyoming cattle rancher and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead John Perry Barlow is the 2011 Holmes Distinguished Lecturer at Colorado State University. The lion's share of his life's work has been in advocating for the independence and sovereignty of Cyberspace. His talk at CSU on April 21 is titled, 'The Right to Know.'

John Perry Barlow wrote the manifesto, <em>A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace,</em> which has been widely distributed on the Internet.Thursday, April 21
3:30 p.m.
Behavioral Sciences Building
Room 131

Cyberlibertarian John Perry Barlow

The Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at Colorado State University welcomes Cyberlibertarian John Perry Barlow as this year’s presenter of the Holmes Distinguished Lecture.  The title of his talk is, “The Right to Know.”

Advocating for internet free-flow

A retired Wyoming rancher and native, Barlow is a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead. He is the co-founder for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties organization that has been protecting the free flow of information on the Internet since 1990, and remains on the board of that organization.

Since May 1998, he has been a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Coined term, 'cyberspace'

Barlow has been writing about Cyberspace since 1988 and was the first to apply that name to the global social space it presently describes. He is the author of A Declaration of Independence of Cyber Space.  He has written extensively for major publications and was on the masthead of Wired Magazine for many years.

Barlow is currently operating a technology forum called TTIVanguard and is starting a company, Algae Systems, that aspires to turn sewage into carbon-negative jet fuel. 

He is the father of three daughters, and his primary aspiration is “to be a good ancestor.” 

About CSU alumnus, Geoffrey Holmes


The Holmes Communication Technology Leadership Fund sponsors the Holmes Distinguished Lecture. Geoffrey W. Holmes is a former senior vice president of Time Warner, Inc., and a graduate of Colorado State University.

In 1999, Holmes created the leadership fund in cooperation with the Journalism and Technical Communication Department to help students understand the importance of technology and its impact on the future of communication.

The large, feature image accompanying this story's intro is courtesy of the European Graduate School.  Inside story image courtesy of Joi.


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