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March 1, 2001
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman

Preserving Free Expression in a Digital World
John Perry Barlow of Electronic Frontier Foundation Will Speak
March 7 at Johns Hopkins

John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will visit The Johns Hopkins University on Thursday, March 7, to present a speech called "Tending the Garden of Civilization: What Kind of Digital World Do You Want?"

Barlow, a fellow with the Institute of Politics at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, will speak at noon in 101 Mattin Center on the University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore. The event is free and open to the public.

The talk will be presented as part of The Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute's spring seminar series.

Barlow is a former Wyoming rancher and Grateful Dead lyricist. He was educated in a one-room schoolhouse in Wyoming and went on to earn a Wesleyan University degree in comparative religion. In 1990, he and Mitchell Kapor founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which promotes freedom of expression in digital media.

In recent years, Barlow has written and lectured on computer security, virtual reality and the social and legal implications arising from the global network of connected digital devices. His talk at Johns Hopkins will focus on how initiatives in law and technology could have a negative impact on the emerging digital information era.

The hour-long program was organized by the university's new Information Security Institute, established to tackle the complex technological, legal, ethical and public policy challenges of keeping information private and computer systems secure in an increasingly electronic world. The institute conducts research and offers courses, drawing on experts from nearly every school and division in the university. It will work in partnership with industry and government agencies.

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