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

Daylight Saving Might Harm Children and Make People Poorer

This article by Alex Tabarrok is eye-opening: The school day starts at more or less the same clock-hour everywhere in India but children go to bed later in places where the sun sets later. Thus, children in the west get less sleep than children in the east and this shows up in their education levels and later even in their wages! -Alex Tabarrok It’s a compelling argument … Continue reading Daylight Saving Might Harm Children and Make People Poorer