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Holding gambling companies accountable across different countries

Professor Julia Hornle discussed international gambling regulation on the BBC World Service Radio

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Gambling regulation hasn't yet caught up with the global digital world we live in. National boundaries can be bypassed easily, for example, in the cases of Brazil and China, where gambling is illegal but is also very much part of the culture. In countries where gambling is illegal, gambling websites are blocked, but purchasing VPNs to make you appear to be in a country where gambling is legal, are easily accessible. Many illegal gambling companies also operate in countries where gambling is banned, such as in China, where illegal online gambling is estimated to amount to $145 billon annually. Julia Hornle, Professor of Internet Law at Queen Mary University of London, said website blocking, even if it can be easily circumvented, might actually deter a significant number of gamblers.

Listen to her interview from the BBC World Service.