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What Is a CMP?

Consent Management Platforms (CMP) have been cropping up rapidly in the wake of GDPR—(and soon CCPA)—as the tool du jour for aiding publishers in collecting and managing consumer consent and passing that data throughout the advertising ecosystem. For publishers working with multiple ad partners who need to enable user-level ad…

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What Is CCPA?

“Winter is coming.” - Ned Stark, House of Stark If you’re a GOT fan like I’m becoming, you know that’s the motto for House of Stark and it’s issued as a warning or a heads up that the House needs to get itself prepared—both literally and figuratively. In essence, it’s…

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What Is Pchain?

Pchain—not to be confused with rapper 2 Chainz or PCHAIN, the first native multichain system in the world that supports Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM)—is sort of like ads.txt for the buy side. It's a system based on the TAG PaymentID that gives buyers insight into transaction history, alerting them to…

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What Is the IAB Consent Framework?

GDPR compliance means companies must obtain consent when collecting personal data from their website visitors. Sounds like a big headache, right? But wait, it's easier than you think. The IAB GDPR Transparency and Consent Framework is the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s solution to help publishers tell visitors what data is being…

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Ad Ops Terms Explained: Best Of AdMonsters Decoder 2018

In the ad ops industry (aka “online ad operations," “online advertising operations," “ad operations,” “online ad ops," and “ops” in the trade)—things keep changing all the time. There’s a new regulation here, some new tech to learn about there and then a bunch of rejiggering the pipes to keep apace.…

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What Is Cryptojacking?

The spread of bad ads is pretty bad in general, but since 2017— throughout the security software industry — cryptojacking has been known as the Evil Overlord (most menacing and most prevalent) of all cyber threats. Hackers looking to get rich quick from mining cryptocurrency illegally are the culprits, and…

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What Is Supply-Path Optimization?

Header bidding is great for publisher revenue, but nasty to a DSP's tech infrastructure. That's why DSPs are making decisions about SPO, trying to sort out the "best" queries. Are you okay with DSPs making those decisions for you? If not, read this...

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What Is the Honest Ads Act?

The Honest Ads Act was introduced to Congress in October 2017 and hasn't been passed as of March 2018. But the call for Facebook to be more transparent about who's paying for political ads on its network brings it back into the spotlight. Here's what the act proposes, and what…

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What Are Deterministic and Probabilistic IDs?

Cookies are a foundational part of digital advertising, but their application is limited in a cross-device environment. Cookies are browser-specific, they aren’t supported in OTT, and they aren’t easily ported between mobile apps. Cookies, then, are just one type of identifier among several that go into targeting users across multiple…

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What Is Charles Proxy?

As far as malvertising is concerned, redirects remain a particular scourge for ad ops teams. On mobile in particular, a redirect can wreck a user’s session at the least. It’s worse if the user is wise enough to avoid downloading whatever the redirect tells them to download. These attacks are…

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