John Perry Barlow is a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
He was born in Wyoming in 1947, raised on the family ranch there and educated in a one-room schoolhouse. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut with an honors degree in comparative religion in 1969.
In 1990 he and Mitchell Kapor founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization which promotes freedom of expression in digital media. He continues to work closely with EFF and currently serves as its Vice Chairman.