John Perry Barlow wrote A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace in Davos, Switzerland on February 8, 1996. The precipitating hostility at that time was the late Communications Decency Act. The threats this time around are far worse, since the Net’s new opponent is the entertainment industry and its powerful lobbies, not a few congresspeople worried about porn.
Worth reading again. As a statement of principles, it’s pretty hard to beat.