Heather Marsh

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Heather Marsh
Heather Marsh at CubaConf 2016.png
Heather Marsh, Cuba, 2016
OccupationAuthor, programmer
Known forHorizontal governance theory
Notable work
Binding Chaos series
Websitegeorgiebc.wordpress.com www.getgee.xyz

Heather Marsh is a philosopher, programmer and human rights activist. She is the author of the Binding Chaos series, a study of methods of mass collaboration[1][2]

Internet and journalism[edit]

Since 2015 she has been working to initiate a global data commons project with a universal database and trust network to allow global collaboration on research and information without control by a specific platform. This is a continuation of her earlier viral project called the Global Square.[3][4][5][6][7]

She has covered investigations of leaked material and individual human rights cases as well as breaking news of global events. In one unpublished interview with Guantanamo defence attorney Dennis Edney, the two discuss blackmail attempts of witnesses by the FBI and the possibility that Omar Khadr's plea deal was signed without legal counsel. The interview was subsequently leaked to Cryptome.[8] The interview discusses the delaying of publication until after Edney returns from Guantanamo; when he returned from Guantanamo he was fired from the case and forbidden to speak of it.

Human rights[edit]

Marsh has advocated for both transparency for actions and organizations that affect the public and privacy for individuals. She is against control and ownership of knowledge by copyrights and patents but writes "Privacy and ownership of personal stories are closely related to human dignity" and credit (although not ownership) for ideas and intellectual labour is essential in an approval economy. She has been active in freedom of information, anti-poverty, justice related cases and all forms of 'human dignity' as well as advocating for individual rights ahead of all systems of governance. She has been associated with Guantanamo activism, primarily for Canadian POW Omar Khadr, and Anonymous activity, particularly human rights issues.[9][10][11][12] She has reported and campaigned extensively against human trafficking and violations committed by global resource corporations.[13]

She has written investigative reports and interviews on Canadian juvenile Omar Khadr, one of the youngest prisoners of Guantanamo Bay. She was the national spokesperson for the Free Omar Khadr group in Canada, writing, speaking, advocating for Omar's release.[14]

She wrote the first English media articles about Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a Yemeni journalist ordered imprisoned by Obama, a year and a half before any report appeared in the US.[citation needed] She brought global awareness to topics such as the Rohingya genocide in Burma[15] and ritual killings in Gabon.[16] She began a research project to map connections between the people behind resource corporations, militias, spies and prisons in response to a fracking protest in New Brunswick.[17] This became opCanary which seeks to form alliances between local groups fighting the same multinational resource corporations. She started the OpDeathEaters campaign to inform the public of high level complicity in the human trafficking industry with a goal of independent inquiries to investigate and a change in public discourse around these crimes.[18][19] Her opGabon and opDeatheaters campaigns were the subject of a book, Crime, Justice and Social Media by Australian criminologist Michael Salter which asked "How is social media changing contemporary understandings of crime and injustice, and what contribution can it make to justice-seeking?" and featured extensive interviews with her.[20]


  1. ^ Burl Hall. "Article: Binding Chaos: Meditations on the Work of Heather Marsh". OpEdNews.
  2. ^ "'Binding Chaos': a compassionate vision for a future society - ROAR Magazine". roarmag.org. December 12, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  3. ^ Knowles, Jamillah (February 22, 2012). "Outriders". BBC. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Would you join a Facebook-style Occupy social network?". CBC.ca. CBC. December 28, 2011. Archived from the original on December 29, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  5. ^ Chanda, Devin (December 29, 2011). "'Occupy' Protestors Building Activist-Only Facebook". Complex Tech. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  6. ^ Cоциальная сеть "The Global Square" от движения "Occupy Wall Street" [The social network "The Global Square" from the movement "Occupy Wall Street"]. Massimo (in Russian). December 29, 2011. Archived from the original on June 5, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  7. ^ "Сеть оккупантам". Коммерсантъ (Citizen K) (in Russian). February 6, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "How Canada Has Hidden the Truth About Omar Khadr: US War Crimes, Institutional Racism and Media Failures". February 11, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  9. ^ Jeb Boone (May 6, 2013). "Myanmar: Anonymous rallies around Rohingya, prepares for online operation". GlobalPost. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "How Anonymous gamed Twitter to shed light on a hidden massacre". The Daily Dot.
  11. ^ Lorraine Murphy (December 11, 2015). "Anonymous challenges crisis in West Africa with OpGabon". The Daily Dot. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  12. ^ Jeb Boone (April 16, 2013). "OpGabon: Anonymous attacks Gabon government sites in protest of ritual killings". GlobalPost. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "Mu 83: Podemos". Lavaca. December 18, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  14. ^ Sonya Rehman, The Diplomat. "Freeing Omar Khadr: An Interview with Guantanamo Bay Activists". The Diplomat.
  15. ^ "VICE - United States - The Definitive Guide to Enlightening Information". VICE.
  16. ^ Lorraine Murphy (November 29, 2013). "Anonymous' OpGabon returns ahead of Gabon's municipal elections". The Daily Dot. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  17. ^ "OpFrackOff: Anonymous pledges support to Canada anti-fracking protesters". GlobalPost.
  18. ^ Patrick McGuire (January 15, 2015). "Behind Anonymous's Operation to Reveal Britain's Elite Child-Rape Syndicate". VICE. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  19. ^ "Anonymous hackers turn fire on global paedophile menace". Telegraph.co.uk. January 23, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  20. ^ Michael Salter (October 12, 2012). Crime, Justice and Social Media. Routledge. ISBN 9781138919679.

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