Cashless Gambling: a good Idea?

The New South Wales government has backed a trial of cashless gambling in Newcastle that will let people use digital payments for gaming machines like pokies. But the trial has been given the go-ahead before compelling research on the impact of digital payments on gambling and problem gamblers, meaning the design of the trial itself is crucial, a senior academic has warned.

Gaming giant Aristocrat and Wests Newcastle have proposed the first test of the technology in NSW, arguing it will help gamblers better manage their play while also combatting money laundering problems in the industry.

Details of the trial, which was supported by the state government on Monday, are limited but are expected to include gambling measures like money limits, session time limits, information, and real-time messaging to customers and marshals.

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The cashless society from an ethical point of view

The debate about the move towards a cashless society has been at the center of the scene for several years, now. Various angles have been taken by economists, politicians, banking institutions and sociologists. Beyond the technicalities of the debate, lies the question of freedom, of inter-citizen solidarity and of governmental responsibility. The debate cannot remain in the hands of financial specialists, it is first and foremost an ethical, political and societal issue.

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