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What Can Blockchain Really Do for Advertising in 2020?

Back in 2018, there was a lot of hype about blockchain saving advertising and Senior Editor Lynne d Johnson was riding the wave—high. Now that the hype is over, there are actually quite a few projects proving every day that blockchain and related technologies like cryptography and permissioned ledgers can…

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What Is App-Ads.Txt?

On the surface, app-ads.txt is similar to that of its companion spec, ads.txt. In the case of ads.txt, web publishers upload a list of resellers who are authorized to sell their inventory on their domain. That list can then be crawled by advertisers to ensure they only buy from legitimate…

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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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Overselling Cord-Cutting and “Buying on Values”

Are We Overestimating Cord-Cutting? Digital media people love talking about cord-cutting and how the old broadcast model is disappearing for what we used to consider "TV." But Simulmedia CEO Dave Morgan's POV in MediaPost last week reminds us that cord-cutting is not universal, and the reach of broadcast TV is…

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What Is Ads.cert?

With adoption of ads.txt ramping up among publishers, this is as good a time as any to look toward whatever is next in the battle against ad fraud. The good news (that is, it’s good unless you were hoping for a bit of a breather) is that the IAB Tech…

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TAG Certified Channels: The Next Stage of Certification

(AdBeeler is a monthly column from AdMonsters' Chair and PubForum legend Rob Beeler.) Get ready to add a new phrase to your ad tech lexicon: TAG Certified Channel. Remember the beginning of 2017? If a full flashback on the events of this year is too painful, I’ll remind you that…

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The Buy Side Gotta Check Itself

Last week a lot of my industry connections passed around the Buzzfeed story, “Attack of the Zombie Websites,” about a programmatic, bot-driven web of lies that may have shorted advertisers tens of millions of dollars. Although it was meticulously reported, I had a hard time reading the full article not…

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Through a Scanner Frequently: When Malvertisers Evade the Scanners

Earlier in 2017, savvy publishers and platforms started noticing a gnarly new breed of mobile redirects, one that’s particularly evasive to common-practice malware prevention methods. It’s a new page in the standard playbook malvertisers long ago developed to skirt around the watchdogs in the ad ecosystem, one that allows them…

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The End of Arbitrage? A Look at Ads.txt

Today (May 17), the IAB Tech Lab rolled out a new method for combating ad fraud, specifically of the domain-spoofing variety. It’s called Ads.txt, which stands for Authorized Digital Sellers, or at least it is if you really need to turn the word “ads” into an acronym in this industry.On…

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