Long Conversation, an epic relay of one-to-one conversations among some of the Bay Area's most interesting minds, took place over six hours in San Francisco on Saturday, October 16, 02010. Interpreting the Long Conversation in real time was a data visualization performance by Sosolimited; an art and technology studio out of M.I.T.
Long Conversation was presented with a live performance of 1,000 minutes of composer Jem Finer's Longplayer.
John Perry Barlow
John Perry Barlow is a co-founder and vice-chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit organization promoting freedom of expression in digital media. He writes and advises on information economics, digitized intellectual goods, cyber liberties, virtual communities, electronic cash, cryptography policy, privacy, and the social, cultural and legal conditions forming online.Mr Barlow is the author of two influential texts, The Economy of Ideas and The Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace. Prior to his work at EFF, Mr Barlow was a Wyoming cattle-rancher and a lyricist for the Grateful Dead. He is also a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. He was the first to apply the term "cyberspace" to the internet. Recently he has been engaged in an effort to increase connectivity with the southern hemisphere.
Ken Wilson has served as Executive Director of The Christensen Fund since August 2002.
Are traditional human institutions bound to give way to the self-organizing structure of the Internet? Cyberlibertarian activist John Perry Barlow regards the present as a transitional period, during which political and social structures fibrillate -- perhaps before failing altogether.