Well, Fuck Them: A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

“A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace”

by John Perry Barlow

Yesterday, that great invertebrate in the White House signed into the law the Telecom “Reform” Act of 1996 … It attempts to place more restrictive constraints on the conversation in Cyberspace than presently exist in the Senate cafeteria, where I have dined and heard colorful indecencies spoken by United States senators on every occasion I did. This bill was enacted upon us by people who haven’t the slightest idea who we are or where our conversation is being conducted. It is, as my good friend and Wired Editor Louis Rossetto put it, as though “the illiterate could tell you what to read.”  Well, fuck them. Or, more to the point, let us now take our leave of them. They have declared war on Cyberspace. Let us show them how cunning, baffling, and powerful we can be in our own defense.

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~ by rechelon on October 18, 2011.

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