Ad Fraud Remains Common But There’s Hope: RhythmOne Study

One of the problems with taking humans out of the media buying process is that ad fraud and brand safety problems can go undetected. Programmatic ad platform RhythmOne reports it blocked just over one-third of all potential inventory due to fraud or performance concerns last June – September.  Rates are similar with previous periods but better options are emerging: fraud is lower on mobile app inventory than desktops; private marketplaces offer higher quality options; and ads.txt is helping to prevent unauthorized selling by fraudsters.

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Hacked Vacuum Cleaner Doubles as Spy Cam

November 16, 2017

And if you don’t have enough to worry about, it turns out your vacuum machine could be spying on you too. Researchers at Check Point, who are paid to try such things, found they could hack into the camera on a Wi-Fi connected LG vacuum robot, despite sophisticated anti-hacking defenses employed by the manufacturer. Their point may be undercut by a video illustrating the hack: while intended to be ominous, it seemed to show the main risk is the world learning whether you have dust bunnies.

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Getty Offers Gen AI Tool Built Only with Licensed Images

September 28, 2023

Unauthorized training data isn’t an existential threat to generative AI but it’s certainly a headache for users and developers alike.  Most developers are trying to exclude materials that creators have explicitly labeled as unauthorized and citing “fair use” as justification for copying everything else.  Getty Images has taken an opposite approach, building its gen AI tool only on materials that are explicitly licensed.  It’s possible that tracing the provenance of training data will become a standard, similar to how organic food producers trace the origins of their ingredients.

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