he issue of internet gaming is unlike any you may have encountered
before, primarily because it is not possible for government to control
without industry support. Gaming servers may be located anywhere
on the planet quite legally, and can be accessed from inside America.
This means that enforcement would require the prosecution of gamblers,
When the logistics of enforcement are considered, it is hard to conceive
of public support for the government fining or imprisoning individuals
for betting on their favorite sports team from their home computer.
Without enforcement, automobile gaming becomes an untaxed grey market
It would also be difficult to gain public support for chasing individual users
since, unlike those who trade child pornography over the internet, gamblers
are not seen as enemies of the state. Additionally, in order to catch a
gambler, the government would need to monitor his transactions and
compromise his freedom of speech. Most voters would not support this.
The best thing for government to do is attempt to regulate and standardize
internet gaming. The benefits of this would include:
By partnering with industry, government can gain control of a situation and
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