A Declaration

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace - John Perry Barlow

"Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather. ...

Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. Youhave neither solicited nor received ours. We did not invite you. You do not know us, nor do you know our world. Cyberspace does not lie within your borders. Do not think that you can build it, as though it were a public construction project. You cannot. It is an act of nature and it grows itself through our collective actions. ...

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before."

Davos, Switzerland, February 8, 1996.

  1. Can cyberspace be governed?
  2. How do law and technology adapt to the unique social characteristics of cyberspace governance?

Victoria Wang