The Dependence of Cyberspace

I wrote this for The Maintainers conference .

Introduction: There’s Never Been Freedom of Anything in Cyberspace

I want to begin by discussing the context in which John Perry Barlow wrote his Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace from Davos in 1996. For those unaware, Barlow was on a writing deadline, at a party, with the world’s business elite. He went back to his hotel, typed out the Declaration, emailed it out to some hundreds of friends, and the rest is (cyber-)history. Continue reading