"It is no exaggeration to say that major parts of the internet we all know and love today exist and thrive because of Barlow's vision and leadership", said Ms Cohn.
John Perry Barlow, 70, was the son of Republican Rep.
"Barlow was sometimes held up as a straw man for a kind of naive techno-utopianism that believed that the Internet could solve all of humanity's problems without causing any more", EFF executive director Cindy Cohn wrote in a statement. Barlow also worked with Dead keyboardists Brent Mydland and Vince Welnick and others, later writing lyrics for The String Cheese Incident's Michael Kang.
A Wyoming native, Barlow brought together both the counter-cultural and libertarian strains in early internet ideology.
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Later at Fountain Valley School in Colorado he forged a lifelong friendship with Weir, a guitar-toting fellow student who would found the Grateful Dead with Garcia and others in 1965. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, with a degree in comparative religion.
He later returned to Wyoming, where he ran the family cattle ranch for almost two decades and dabbled in Republican politics. John had a way of taking life's most hard things and framing them as challenges, therefore adventures - by their nature awakening and maybe even fun.
His preoccupation with the internet dated from the mid-1980s, when he began using a computer to manage the ranch's finances.
That led him to partner with software entrepreneurs Mitch Kapor and John Gilmore to create the EFF, which hired lawyers and sought to raise awareness about the importance of protecting civil liberties online. "He'll live on in the songs we wrote".
"When we first defined the mission of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we saw our task as assuring the application of the U.S. Constitution to digital media", Barlow wrote in a lengthy and fascinating piece detailing the genesis of the organization. The school describes him as a "retired Wyoming cattlerancher" and a father of three daughters-Leah Justine, Anna Winter and Amelia. Mr. Barlow's memoir, "Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times", is scheduled to be published later this year.