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

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

May 17, 2021

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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AI Adoption Stalled During the Pandemic: IBM Study

May 14, 2021

Another day, another AI survey.  This one by Morning Consult for IBM offers a good overview of AI adoption and obstacles.  Key findings: adoption stalled during the pandemic but is set to accelerate; 51% of companies have a unified view of their data; and data issues trail only expertise as adoption barriers.  Fun facts: marketers invest less in AI than most other departments and 77% of companies with over 1,000 employees draw on more than 50 systems for AI and analytics inputs.

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Ad Fontes Media Partners with The Trade Desk to Support Brand Safe Advertising

February 23, 2024

Ad Fontes Media, a company that rates news sites for reliability and bias, has announced the integration of its rating data with The Trade Desk’s programmatic advertising platform. This will allow the screening out of highly partisan, AI-generated and clickbait sites, preferentially serving ads to sites containing quality journalism. Directing ad spend to low quality sites not only wastes dollars and threatens brand safety but de-monetizes quality news operations.

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