‘Naïve’ To Think Web Blocking Works, Says Norwegian Gambling Minister

The new Norwegian minister in charge of gambling has said it is “naïve” to think that offshore gambling websites can actually be blocked, in answer to a proposal to introduce ISP blacklisting to protect the country’s monopoly.

Trine Skei Grande, the new minister of culture,  has been in her role for just two weeks after a government reshuffle, but has already responded to proposed gambling law amendments filed by opposition parties which are aimed at strengthening the monopoly held by state-owned Norsk Tipping.

Measures proposed by the parties include the introduction of ISP blocking to keep unlicensed operators out of the market, something that Skei Grande said she does not believe is possible.

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