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ANA Attacks Programmatic Media Transparency with an RFP

Ad industry group ANA has issued a Request for Proposal for a study of programmatic media transparency, which the ANA described as “riddled with material issues including thin transparency, fractured accountability, and mind-numbing complexity.” ANA CEO Bobo Liodice added that “Marketers do not have a fully transparent line of sight into their programmatic supply chains”. Jamie in our Department of the Obvious is impressed.

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Criteo Uses Purchase Data to Refine Contextual Ad Placement

April 30, 2021

Contextual advertising is being reborn as an alternative to cookie-based ad targeting. Adtech vendor Criteo is improving contextual results by adding insights based on each publisher’s first-party purchase data. Specifically, it will identify the content related to each purchase, find other pages with similar contents, and show ads with relevant product recommendations. Old-school contextual targeting wasn’t refined with purchase history.

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

November 23, 2022

Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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