As cases of coronavirus surged around the world, policymakers were forced to reconsider the balance between safeguarding public health, restarting the economy and preserving civil liberties. While many governments have crafted emergency laws that aim to respect and uphold human rights, history has shown that additional state powers brought in at times of crisis are rarely rolled back once normality is resumed. Professor of International Politics and global security expert Claudia Aradau and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist James Ball (The System) examine the ethics around new technologies, consider the dangers posed to human rights when decision-making is put into the wrong hands, and discuss what increased state powers could mean for our civil liberties and democracy. Chaired by BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera (Russians Among Us).

In order to manage audiences safely into each of our venues, we ask that you arrive up to 40 minutes before the event starts. See the Plan Your Visit section for detailed venue arrival times.

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The System: Who Owns the Internet, and How It Owns Us


Everyman Theatre

The Everyman was opened in 1891. The main auditorium is an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Matcham that has inspired generations of performers.

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As a registered charity Cheltenham Festivals charges a booking fee to cover the costs associated with providing our booking facilities.

Our charges are in line with the rising costs of this service which includes the cost of staffing, banking, developing, and maintaining our booking software and postage.

Our booking fees are as follows:

  • Online sales £2.00

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