Monday August 22,2011 : Impact of smart phones on growth of online gambling under inspection in broader review
The Australian Federal Government's Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy is to investigate the role that smartphones play in the growth of online gambling as part of a broader review on the country's Interactive Gambling Act 2001. If your an online gambler check out bestonlinecasino.com
The review will target and consider:
– the growth of online gambling services (both regulated and unregulated) in Australia and overseas, and the risk of this to the incidence of problem gambling
– the development of new technologies, including smart-phones, and the convergence of existing technologies that may accelerate the current trend towards the take-up of online gambling services in Australia and overseas
– the adequacy of the existing provisions of the Act, including technical, operational and enforcement issues relating to the prohibition of interactive gambling services and the advertising of such services
– consideration, where appropriate, of technology and platform neutrality including current distinctions relating to ‘betting on the run’ and micro‑betting
– international regulatory approaches to online gambling services including consideration of their effectiveness and cost
– examination of the social, tax, jurisdictional and enforcement aspects of regulated access to interactive gambling services currently prohibited under the Act
– harm minimisation strategies for online gambling
– the findings of the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform inquiry into interactive and online gambling and gambling advertising and the Productivity Commission Inquiry Report on Gambling (2010)
The department has committed to a first half 2012 time frame to deliver its findings to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, subject to the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform reporting its findings by the end of 2011.
The review follows an uproar over the steady increase in sports betting, specifically the promotion of live-odds, during televised sports coverage.