Internet pioneer, songwriter John Perry Barlow dies at 70
In this June 5, 2014, file photo, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation John Perry Barlow, co-founder & vice chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, communicates with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden via video at the 2014 Personal Democracy Forum, at New York University in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, FIle)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, February 8, 2018 8:01AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, February 8, 2018 11:30AM EST
John Perry Barlow, an internet activist and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, has died.
The digital-rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation said in a statement that Barlow died early Wednesday morning in his sleep at age 70. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Barlow co-founded the EFF in 1990 to champion free expression and privacy online.
EFF says that Barlow, "always saw the internet as a fundamental place of freedom, where voices long silenced can find an audience and people can connect with others regardless of physical distance."
He also wrote lyrics for Grateful Dead songs including "Black Throated Wind" and "Blown Away," among others.