John Gilmore

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The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

John Gilmore is an American computer science innovator, Libertarian, Internet activist, and one of the founders of Electronic Frontier Foundation. He created the alt.* hierarchy Usenet and is a major contributor to the GNU project.


  • When the X500 revolution comes, your name will be lined against the wall and shot.
The Net treats censorship as a defect and routes around it.
The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.
  • How many of you have broken no laws this month?
    • As quoted in a speech to the First Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy in 1991
  • If you're watching everybody, you're watching nobody.
    • As quoted in Subject: [IP more on In defense of al-Jazeera from MSNBC]

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