eSports gambling – regulators take a closer look

  • Posted on 24th August 2016
eSports gambling – regulators take a closer look

The prospect of video gamers becoming paid professionals, and people placing bets on the outcome of contests, would have seemed unthinkable a few years ago. However, what has become known as eSports has rapidly risen to prominence in recent years as a result of growing interest and participation from consumers, a succession of business deals and industry expansion, regulatory interventions,…

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Drones Without Borders: Future Common Standards in the EU?

  • Posted on 15th October 2014
Drones Without Borders: Future Common Standards in the EU?

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), more commonly referred to as ‘civil drones’ or ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ (UAVs), can perform tasks that manned systems are sometimes unable to perform. They can be useful for surveillance purposes, border control, agriculture, firefighting, or media and entertainment, amongst other applications. The EU and some of its Member States have in recent years acknowledged the…

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Wearable technology: market growth, rapid innovation and developing policy

  • Posted on 11th July 2014
Wearable technology: market growth, rapid innovation and developing policy

Clothes which measure your heart rate and locate you via GPS while you run. Smart watches that can be used as an extension of your smartphone. The ability to access the internet with your glasses.  These are just a few examples of the most recent wearable technology devices.   But is there enough demand for these innovative products? According to…

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The global race for drone regulation

  • Posted on 27th June 2014
The global race for drone regulation

About a year ago, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon were testing unmanned drones – called Octopers – to start delivering packages to customers in five years’ time. This announcement gave Amazon a PR boost; and was perhaps also initiated in the hope of raising awareness around businesses being given authorisation to use drones commercially. According to the US…

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The growth of robots in the workplace and the regulatory dilemma

  • Posted on 24th June 2014
The growth of robots in the workplace and the regulatory dilemma

What was once considered a far-off fantasy is now fast becoming reality.  Robots will soon become an integral part of our working lives, and not just in traditional automotive sectors. Inevitably this will have far-reaching consequences for consumers, corporations and governments. This article looks at what is driving the commercialisation of robots, and how governments and corporates are responding.  …

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3D printing regulation: should governments intervene?

  • Posted on 19th June 2014
3D printing regulation: should governments intervene?

From guns to body parts,3D printing technology has introduced a digital manufacturing revolution, which is already disrupting some of our well-established industries. Companies are now able to print silicone, latex, ceramic, clay, play dough, Nutella, or icing sugar. In the medical field, 3D printing brings the ability to print replacement body parts, organs, skin and bones. NASA has recently purchased a…

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US Federal Election Commission approves use of Bitcoin for campaign contributions

  • Posted on 9th May 2014
US Federal Election Commission approves use of Bitcoin for campaign contributions

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has unanimously approved the use of Bitcoin for political donations after months of debate on the issue.  Commissioners imposed several conditions.  Among them: No anonymous bitcoin contributions will be allowed, and campaign treasurers must scrutinize the donations for “evidence of illegality.”   Jim Harper, global policy counsel of the industry’s Bitcoin Foundation, said the FEC’s…

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