advertising · background · privacy

Surveillance protection: Key benefits for publishers

By Don Marti & Bill Densmore Ad fraud is enabled by cross-site surveillance: A fraudbot collects cookies (“cookie licking”) at a legit publisher’s site, then uses them to look like a human when visiting fraud sites. This is called “data leakage.” The costs of fraud are largely priced in—so legit publishers, not advertisers or intermediaries,…… Continue reading Surveillance protection: Key benefits for publishers

advertising · explanations · research

An opportunity for local news sites — testing how many of your best readers you’re giving away to ad networks

By Bill Densmore and Don Marti RELATED LINKS: What is data leakage?  How the ITE can solve data leakage and fosters ethical advertising) Service journalism and the web advertising problem  INTRODUCTION Web sites that depend on reaching users with trustworthy content are part of what we’ll call  “Team Signal.” They are in a contest with…… Continue reading An opportunity for local news sites — testing how many of your best readers you’re giving away to ad networks

advertising · privacy

How a news-industry trade group may be helping regulators (and the ITE) to support quality and privacy

By Don Marti Legitimate consumer privacy tools and high-reputation publishers, working together, can transform advertising on the web. Tools and sites can help users block low-value, cold-call-like targeted ads while permitting signal-carrying ads, the ones that respect users’ choices not to be tracked. It’s one goal of the Information Trust Exchange project to help publishers…… Continue reading How a news-industry trade group may be helping regulators (and the ITE) to support quality and privacy

advertising · privacy

A new year’s resolution: The end of ‘right ad to the right user at the right time’

By Don Marti Start toward the end of “right ad to the right user at the right time”. That’s my aspiration for 2017. The current web advertising model depends on tracking the same user across multiple sites (either “anonymously” or using PII). Per-user targeting across the web is unsustainable and likely to become less available…… Continue reading A new year’s resolution: The end of ‘right ad to the right user at the right time’

advertising · collaboration · ownership

TrustX intentions might help fix digital advertising for publishers — and users

By Bill Densmore ITE Project Director Almost two years in the making, a new initiative backed by many major U.S. publishers might have the potential to cut down on problems with fraud and privacy abuses in the digital advertising industry. “TrustX,” unveiled on Monday by Digital Content Next, a trade association of online publishers, (and already…… Continue reading TrustX intentions might help fix digital advertising for publishers — and users

background · explanations

Concerning the future of news: Three views, two requirements and an inflection point?

  By Bill Densmore ITE Project Director Consumers need a simple, secure way to access, share and pay for valuable information from multiple services and sources. News organizations – legacy and new – would like to be the best-possible source for those users to receive a timely diet of information that matters. Now, people on…… Continue reading Concerning the future of news: Three views, two requirements and an inflection point?

advertising · technology

“Data leakage”: What happens when ad-tech companies get ahold of a publisher’s user information through cookies?

  What is “data leakage”?  It’s when advertising technology companies, using tracking cookies placed on the computers of an unsuspecting user, assemble a profile of the user.  Once they’ve done so, they can sell advertising to brands and “find” those users at all kinds of websites, rather than on the website where they started. The…… Continue reading “Data leakage”: What happens when ad-tech companies get ahold of a publisher’s user information through cookies?