Ad Tech Industry Builds Support for Anti-Fraud Buyers.json Standard

Ad fraud and brand safety will still be issues even when third-party cookies are just a fond memory. The online ad industry Is building support for buyers.json, a proposed standard from IAB Tech Lab that lets ad sellers identify ad buyers and shut down the bad guys. Related: content classification vendor GumGum is enhancing its brand safety ratings to include news site quality scores from NewsGuard.


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Google Plans for Post-Cookie Ad Measurement

May 17, 2021

Google has clearly reached the acceptance stage in its mourning for the death of cookies.  They recently summarized plans for post-cookie ad tracking, including: consent mode, which adjusts data capture based on user consents; conversion modeling, which uses predictive analytics to estimate conversions on non-tracked consumers; and conversion measurement, which anonymously tracks individuals’ ad response over time and across devices and reports on aggregated results.

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Cyberattacks Are Up and Experts Expect Worse to Come: CyberEdge Report

May 17, 2021

Cyberattacks aren’t exactly an ad fraud issue but they’re related.  So let’s finish with the admittedly depressing news that 86% of all organizations were victims of a successful cyberattack last year, according to this CyberEdge report.  And that’s just the ones who discovered the problem.  Yes, things really are getting worse: the attack rates is up from 62% six years ago, and the fraction of respondents who expect their company to suffer a successful attack has grown from 38% eight years ago to 76% today.

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Two-Thirds of C-Suite Can’t Recognize Bad Data: Fivetran Report

December 6, 2021

Like the determined optimist who tells his boss the factory is on fire by reporting they’ll soon be able to update their equipment, let’s find some silver linings in a batch of gloomy surveys today, Dear Reader.  We’ll start with this Fivetran report, which finds that 85% of data leaders say their company has lost money by basing decisions on bad data, and 66% believe their C-suite can’t tell when that happens.  The bright side is there’s lots of room for improvement.

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