“Fair Play” Initiative Appears to Misappropriate UK Gambling Commission Logo

The so-called “FairPlay” Initiative launched by Rob Yong has allegedly misappropriated the logo of the UK Gambling Commission, potentially deceiving poker players into thinking that the initiative was approved by the regulator.

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Book Review: 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

I recently finished listening to 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson, narrated by Jordan B. Peterson on my Audible app. I thought it was very powerful in terms of taking personal responsibility for your own life – and to make your life (and the lives of your family and community) stronger. Growing up with a Jewish father, a Lutheran mother, I went to … Continue reading Book Review: 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

In the Media: The History of Legalised Gambling

I was quoted in this article about the history of legalised gambling: “Legalized gambling was the default, and was very mainstream in many societies,” explained Michael Josem (@MichaelJosem), a global expert in online gambling security and safety. “It has never been illegal in Western societies to gamble privately (eg, ‘I bet you $10 that I can beat you to the end of the street’) but there have … Continue reading In the Media: The History of Legalised Gambling

Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!

Richard Feynman won a Nobel Prize, played a key role in science in the 20th century, and obviously has a great mind. But this collection of anecdotes reveals that despite (maybe because of?) his great mind, he is a little odd. Perhaps a mind as great as his has been filled with great scientific understanding, sharp and analytical thinking, and a deep purpose, to the … Continue reading Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!

Online Poker Media Coverage About Security and Hand Histories

In recent days, PartyPoker has announced a misguided plan to remove player access to downloadable hand histories in their online poker games. † Hand histories are fundamental to the trust that players place in online poker sites. Time and time again, hand histories have been essential in protecting players against cheating – cheating by both other players and by the site itself. It is very … Continue reading Online Poker Media Coverage About Security and Hand Histories

Isle of Man Freedom of Information Request Template

As Manx residents, we are entitled to request information from various Government (and a few non-Government) agencies through the Freedom of Information system. This is an important way to promote transparency and accountability in public life. I thought it might be helpful to share an example template for submitting a Freedom of Information request to the Isle of Man Government. This was based upon a … Continue reading Isle of Man Freedom of Information Request Template

Stop Making Slot Machines for Children

The UK’s Labour Party recently announced new policy outlines on gambling. There were two key areas: that online gambling rules would be updated to be broadly consistent with offline gambling rules, and that gambling-like services (such as computer game loot boxes) are regulated in a sensible way. In an interview with Paul Moulton on the Isle of Man, I discuss how these ideas may improve … Continue reading Stop Making Slot Machines for Children

Westminster has no right to legislate for the Isle of Man

I had an article published online at conservativehome.com: Despite the obvious moral illegitimacy of one parliament making laws for another people, there is today a group of Westminster MPs who appear to recognise no such constraint on their power. Led by Andrew Mitchell and Margaret Hodge, these neo-colonialists are seeking to change company regulation in the Crown Dependencies of the Isle of Man and Channel … Continue reading Westminster has no right to legislate for the Isle of Man