John Perry Barlow's Call for Persuasion over Power

6 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2019

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Jonathan L. Zittrain

Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Berkman Center for Internet & Society; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: March 30, 2019

Abstract

John Perry Barlow's insights were inseparable from his lyrical way of conveying them. Barlow's expression mates joy and canniness, and one of his talents in writing about new technologies was to flip our conception of the status quo in order to correct it. In 1994, the conventional sense was that the Internet and its champions were heedlessly upsetting a longstanding set of relationships and legal entitlements, with copyright as a signal example. And while that was superficially true, it wasn't the whole story. This brief essay examines the legacy of Barlow's work from the vantage point of today's markedly different digital world.

Suggested Citation

Zittrain, Jonathan, John Perry Barlow's Call for Persuasion over Power (March 30, 2019). Duke Law & Technology Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3432602

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