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The Internet is Serious Business at Royal Court Theatre

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
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Fight a Politician in Your Bedroom

The internet is a powerful force. It has no body, but is larger than a crowd of thousands marching down the street. It has no vocal chords, but is louder than Krakatoa erupting. It holds no knife, but can kill with ease.

The internet wields such amazing influence over us that some activists left their picket boards behind, stopped going out on the streets to protest, and decided to change the world through hacktivism. A hacktivist is someone who uses computer networks to create civil disobedience to promote political objections, free speech, and rally for human rights.

While some methods, such as setting up websites, petitions, etc, are legal, most forms of hacktivism break the law by defacing websites, breaking into documents, leaking sensitive information, etc. Some call them digital Robin Hoods, others call them cyber terrorists. What's your take?

Some hacktivists go it alone, while others form groups. Two of the most infamous are Anonymous and Lulzec, and are behind the inspiration for Tim Price's new play, Teh Internet is Serious Business. The show is to be performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket between the 17th September - 25th October, and is loosely based on the collectives' operations as they took on Capitalism from inside their bedrooms. Tickets are 12 - 32.

For an extra 10, on the 29th September you can gain unique insight as former Anonymous and LuzSec hacktivists speak out for the first time since being arrested, convicted, and banned from the internet for two years.
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Why? Fun at the theatre
When: 17th Sept - 25th Oct
Phone: 020 7565 5000
Where: Royal Court Theatre
Cost: 10 - 32
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