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October 25 , 2006

John Perry Barlow at


John Perry Barlow
John Perry Barlow

John Perry Barlow is the keynote speaker for Farmingdale State 's inaugural FACTFest festival on Friday, November 17 in Roosevelt Hall. FACTFest will run from 5:30-9:30 pm and Mr. Barlow will speak at 7:30 pm.

Organized by the Computer Technology Club, FACTFest is a festival designed to provide fun and education for technology professionals and enthusiasts.  The dual focus for the festival will be entertainment technology and open source technology.

Mr. Barlow will appeal to both Grateful Dead fans as well as fans of free access in cyberspace. Mr. Barlow wrote some lyrics to the music of childhood friend and Grateful Dead guitarist, Bob Weir.  Further, he is credited with popularizing the term cyberspace and with launching the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in 1990. Those familiar with Grateful Dead music are aware that the band encouraged fans to freely tape and distribute their concerts.

In addition to Mr. Barlow's keynote speech, FACTFest will feature vendor displays, panel discussions and games.  "Stump the Geek" is sure to be a winner - and Mr. Barlow will be involved in festivities throughout the evening.

Admission is free. Sponsors and vendors interested in displaying company products can receive more information by email jeanniekb@gmail.com or by calling 631-420-2103.