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Wardle, Heather and Degenhardt, Louisa and Ceschia, Audrey and Saxena, Shekhar (2021) The Lancet Public Health Commission on gambling. The Lancet Public Health, 6, (1), E2-E3. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-2667(20)30289-9.

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Gambling is pervasive in society and is provided by increasingly powerful supra-national corporations, whose reach transcends national boundaries. The development of commercial gambling practices is deeply tied to technological development, and leaps in communication technologies have resulted in the expansion of commercial gambling.

 This pattern is also evident with online infrastructure, where the development of smart phone technology and increased accessibility and speed of access to the internet has generated new gambling products that were previously unavailable (eg, in-play betting). As technology continues to develop, so will the commercial gambling sector. For example, 5G capabilities will increase the strength and speed of connections between consumers and corporations and could be one of the next major innovations to expand the reach of gambling corporations. Gambling companies are seeking to learn from gaming industries about how to attract and retain customers, while gambling-like activities have, controversially, been introduced into some games.

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