Newson (IAGR): “Our annual conference is an unrivalled event on the gambling regulatory calendar”

Paul Newson, President, International Association of Gaming Regulators.

Paul Newson, President at International Association of Gaming Regulators, offers his point of view on how to increase the association’s reach and impact over the industry. He also talks about his experience at recent ICE London show and reveals exciting future plans for the entity.

What key challenges have you faced as president of IAGR?
I’m already five months into the president role and increasingly excited about IAGR’s achievements, but perhaps more importantly the tremendous opportunity we have to secure our position as the global leader in gambling regulation into the future. While exciting, navigating a strategic direction for IAGR that materially advances efficient and effective gambling regulation internationally, and securing our role as the global leader in gambling regulation, is rich with challenge. It means we need to decide how best to position IAGR to escalate its reach and impact and ensure we can demonstrably influence regulatory policy and practice, while also focusing on enhancing value for our members.

How can your association keep growing on influence and actions within the sector?
Of course, we can always do more, achieve more, be more. IAGR can grow its contribution to securing safe and responsible industry while advocating and enabling regulatory innovation, advancing best practice and introducing thinking and conversation to explore what is next practice. We have much to do and the board is actively wrangling with these matters as well as discussions around growing IAGR revenue to better enable the increased capacity the organization needs to underpin greater strategic impact. IAGR had a strong presence at the International Legislators’ Agenda at ICE London. I spoke briefly to ICE media about the significance of the event and relevance of the exhibition for gambling regulators. While walking the floor and getting across the scale of innovation and new capabilities being introduced to the market were fundamental elements to attending ICE, perhaps more important were the meetings on the margins and the opportunity to have a drink or meal with colleagues and key stakeholders to build relationships, exchange news and perspectives and explore opportunities to enhance regulations and facilitate secure, safe, responsible, and vibrant industry.

What else would you highlight about your participation at ICE London event?
I made the most of the opportunity for face to face meetings and it was a great opportunity to spend some time with Peter DeRaedt and Mark Pace, from the Gaming Standards Association, as well as Joe Bertolone, the new Executive Director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation. I mention these meetings specifically because both organizations have passionate and dedicated leadership and share our mission to advance efficient and effective gaming regulation and support responsible industry development and innovation. I think we can achieve great things leveraging these partners into the future. I’m also excited to share I am in discussions with the International Center for Gaming Regulation to conduct another gambling regulation course in Sydney, in August 2020, alongside the Australasian Gaming Exhibition again. While planning is in its early stages, once arrangements are progressed, we will again offer several complimentary registrations that will be allocated to interested IAGR members.

What information can you anticipate on the IAGR’s annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., from September 20th to 25th?
Our annual conference is an unrivalled event on the gambling regulatory calendar and its relevance is rapidly growing for industry operators and stakeholders that want to participate in public policy and regulatory conversations and hear about and contribute to existing and future regulatory practice and innovation. The conference week will include the adjoining conference with International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL). The event (#IAGR2020) will be focused on disruption and sparking regulatory innovation to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of gambling regulation globally. IAGR 2020 will try to identify where the introduction of new products and the pace of technology advancement can strain regulatory frameworks and practices, and where rigidity and inertia risks are dampening innovation and associated economic and social benefits. With keynotes, speakers and panel sessions, main issues to be debated are the following: Regulatory applications for artificial intelligence, big data and biometrics; RegTech monitoring, reporting & solutions; Non-cash payment technology; Regulating emerging technology; Threat detection, assessment & interception in casino environment; Responsible gambling innovation; Defining and measuring gambling harm; International standards and mutual recognition; Gambling taxation approaches and merits; Betting manipulation, & integrity arrangements; Cyber security threats and opportunities; Convergence of gaming & gambling implications; Compliance & enforcement approaches & decisions; Blockchain & cryptocurrency; eSports gambling & integrity arrangements; Gambling industry culture and diversity; and Mitigating money laundering and terrorist financing risk, among others. Every member of the gaming industry interested in regulatory innovation is invited to participate at IAGR 2020 in Boston, next September. There are still some days (up to February 29th) for gaming executives to get their submissions in to speak at #IAGR2020 Boston (they have to write to conference@iagr.org). It’s a great opportunity for them to become thought experts, impact senior regulatory and industry leaders and spark innovation in regulatory practice.