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    Grateful Dead Lyricist and Internet Pioneer Dies

    His work lives on. John Perry Barlow, digital freedom activist and founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, died Wednesday at age 70. Barlow became famous as a lyricist with the Grateful Dead, co-writing dozens of songs including “Cassidy,” “Black-Throated Wind” and “Mexicali Blues.” He later became an internet activist and is credited with coining the term “cyberspace.” Influenced by the “tapers welcome” philosophy that invited fans to record Dead shows, his foundation continues to promote what Barlow called “a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice.”

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