Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Student in battle with U of O over his currency proposal -- METRO News
Published: March 12, 2012 11:39 p.m.
A University of Ottawa student was found guilty Monday of escaping lawful custody in April after he ran away from campus security guards onto an OC Transpo bus while handcuffed.
Marc Kelly has had a series of disputes with the university. In April, he was apprehended for trespassing, at which point he ran away.
“I fled the security guards to try to reach the police before they did,” he said, adding that it was to stop the guards from lying to police about him.
He was charged with mischief, breaching the peace and escaping lawful custody, but the first two charges were dropped, he said.
The judge in his trial heard about his “Blinky Blinkies” — a form of currency similar to the Internet-based currency Bitcoin — because security guards testified that he was throwing them to a crowd of students when he was arrested.
“It’s decentralized, it’s not controlled by the banks,” he said, describing the currency as electronic light pulses. “It’s an innovative idea of replacing money on campus with a campus-specific currency that would enable a market independent of society. It’s one possible solution to eradicating tuition fees.”
Since his arrest, Kelly has been banned from contacting U of O students, faculty and staff because he has developed a mass-email system that he has used to contact them about various things, including his currency, he said.