Scott Cunningham, IAB TechLab founder, on advertising in crisis (interview podcast) 

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In 2015 Scott Cunningham, the founder of IAB TechLab, told world “we messed up” on behalf of the advertising industry. His was the first major industry mea culpa that began a shift toward addressing user problems with advertising on the web. When we spoke last week I challenged him about the IAB’s DEAL strategy on adblocking, which he devised, and which may lean too far toward recommending that all publishers restrict access to users. His response is worth reading, and makes clear that DEAL is not an all or nothing approach. Only a small number of publishers with very exclusive content may be able to sustain a strategy that blocks adblock users from visiting their content. Most can not. Scott shared the background to the IAB’s LEAN principles for more respectful, subdued advertising formats.…

European Commission proposal will kill 3rd party cookies

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The 3rd-party cookie – the lifeblood of online advertising – may be about to die.  A proposal this month from the European Commission to reform the ePrivacy Directive (ePD) requires mandatory privacy options and educates users to distinguish between 1st and 3rd-parties in a way that will make 3rd-party cookies extinct. The Commission’s proposal also applies beyond cookies. The proposed reform of the ePD will further add to the the disruption that Europe’s new regulatory regime for privacy – the GDPR – will wreak upon to the media and advertising landscape when it applies in May 2018. Caveat: the proposal is subject to negotiation between the Commission, the European Parliament, and the Council of Ministers. Its text may change before it becomes a regulation across the European Union.…

Ten Key Things That Happened in Q4

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Amid the blizzard of press releases and conference tidbits concerning media, advertising, and adblocking, only some really matter. Here are the ten key things that happened in Q4. OCTOBER 1. US Department of Justice examines possible agency shenanigans.  It transpired that the US Department of Justice had launched an investigation into rigged bids that unfairly favored advertising agencies’ in-house services over others, at clients’ expense. The Association of National Advertisers’ report into agency kickbacks, released in June, exposed agency practises that shortchanged clients, and several big brand CMOs launched audits of their agencies. But the DOJ investigation now raises the stakes for agency executives: previous investigations in 2002 resulted in prison sentences. 2. Media consolidation AT&T agreed a deal to purchase Time Warner for $85.4 Billion.…

Europe’s new privacy regime will disrupt the adtech Lumascape

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In a year and a half, new European rules on the use of personal information will disrupt advertising and media across the globe. Here are the three biggest impacts.  Since 1996 when cookies were first repurposed to track users around the Web there has been an assumption that gathering and trading users' personal information is the essence of advertising online. This is about to change.

Eight Things From Q3 Worth Knowing

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Now, ten days into October, we have had time to digest on the events of the last quarter. As is ever the case with history, only some of the headlines of the last three months will have any lingering impact. But of all the events in the past three months the following eight are worth knowing about. This post is a quick digest of the ones that will shape the environment.…

As expected, ISP adblocking violates EU net neutrality

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As Dr Johnny Ryan predicted in December, ISP adblocking violates EU net neutrality guidelines. The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) released guidelines on August 30 that clearly warn against network-level content blocking. Further, opt-in or opt-out approaches are also unacceptable to BEREC. Read our original post from December 14, 2015, to find out more about why ISP adblocking is in breach of net neutrality regulations in the European Union and our subsequent post on how it poses a sinister threat to the next billion Internet users.…

ISP Adblocking Puts Net Neutrality for Next Billion at Risk

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Several mobile operators have threatened to deploy adblocking measures in some European Union countries, but, as we have previously argued, ISP adblocking is unlikely to survive impending EU regulatory changes. However, the example of Digicel in the Caribbean shows that not every region has the will to resist threats to net neutrality. The rise in user support for adblocking has given ISPs the perfect excuse to finally extract even more money out of online advertising and publishing, but it could also help create a sinister future where political and intellectual freedoms are stunted before they ever have a chance to develop.…

Adblocking in Court: Napster All Over Again

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The IAB last year made it clear that lawsuits were still very much on the table as a potential measure to fight adblocking. Publishers in Germany have repeatedly brought the makers of Adblock Plus to court, losing another case just a few weeks ago. A recent survey of high traffic websites has indicated significant support for collective legal action, while the Brave browser earlier this month received a rather bellicose cease-and-desist letter from leading publishers in the US. It seems almost inevitable that everyone is going to end up in court. While we sympathize with publishers and understand why they would turn to legal action, we think this approach is a costly and time-consuming mistake that could ultimately lead to the downfall of the publishing industry.…

Advertisers Need to Learn from Climate Change

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Climate change has made it clear to all but a few hardcore deniers that there are limits to what the Earth can endure. Centuries of wasting limited resources, polluting the environment and decades of ignoring mounting warning signs have led the human race to the point where it has to focus on long-term sustainability or eventually face a hostile future. The same is true of any ecosystem in which a delicate balance is required for all participants to thrive. After only a few decades, the Internet is already facing a similarly dire threat.…