In Their Own Words

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

On February 8, 1996, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Grateful Dead lyricist, Electronic Frontier Foundation founder and Internet Hall of Fame inductee John Perry Barlow wrote 'A Declaration of Cyberspace.' At the time, the declaration sought to establish that the Internet falls outside any country's borders, and that as a result no government's laws should be applied to it. By 2004, John Perry Barlow, reflecting on the optimism of his work, noted,"we all get older and smarter." Here, the modern orator revisits this historic paper in New York City on July 30, 2013.