Since the popularization of the Internet, lawmakers have consistently had to figure out how the already established laws apply to online interactions. In a recent move, the United States Congress is considering a law that would make online gambling illegal.
Currently there are only three states that allow online gambling, and many states do not allow any type of gambling whatsoever. Tjis is gambling in the casino sense, not the gamble you take trying to meet people via Skout. Though Congress’s attempt to regulate the Internet is definitely not a first, some are criticizing their motives. There are many people who think that this proposed ban on online gambling is a favor to billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who made much of his fortune from legal in person gambling.
Many people say that this alleged favor comes at no surprise, as Adelson has used much of his fortune to influence public policy, particularly favoring war time foreign policy. Opponents to the online gambling ban say that preventing legitimate companies from participating in the market will open it up to criminals and potentially even terrorists. They say that the government would eventually miss out on a considerable amount of tax revenue.
Whether or not online gambling should be banned, lawmakers continue to struggle to justify applying laws to the Internet. This will definitely not be the last of struggles between lawmakers and supporters of a free and open Internet.