Technological advances have long since gone beyond the internet, and as Sir Alan told us, in 2001, “no one had even thought about the possibility that someone might be holding something in his or her hand and be allowed to gamble freely.”142 PCs were originally used for online gambling, but then a wider range of devices became available, from laptops and tablets to smart Tvs and the rapidly increasing use of mobile phones, and the accompanying gambling apps https://www.casinosenligneca.com/quebec/. The Gambling Commission’s Gambling Participation in 2019: behaviour, awareness and attitudes report found that 50% of those gambling online were using a mobile phone, which is up from 23% in 2015.
As Tony Parente, one of our witnesses with lived experience, told us, now “You can gamble 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and non stop.”144
Other advances such as social media, artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency have also contributed to the continued development of online gambling, both in terms of what we consider gambling to be, how we gamble and how gambling is monitored. Social media has created two new pathways to gambling; the first through social media’s role in advertising, which we discuss in Chapter 7, and social gaming which we discuss below and expand upon in Chapter 6.