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Pixalate Week in Review: February 5 - 9, 2018

This week's review of ad fraud and quality in the digital advertising space.

1. Pixalate research: Invalid traffic (IVT) was lower during the 'Big Game'

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Pixalate examined invalid traffic ("IVT") trends across desktop, smartphone, and tablet devices during the "Big Game" in 2018 and found that IVT was notably lower during 'Big Game' Sunday. Read more on our blog or in MediaPost.

2. IAB releases GDPR advisory and specifications

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As reported by MediaPost, the "IAB Tech Lab has released an OpenRTB GDPR Advisory for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)." The GDPR goes into effect May 25, 2018, per the article. "The guidelines provide advertisers with ways to work within Europe's privacy laws," MediaPost wrote. "The strict laws require certain procedures when passing on the user's consent to use their information. This will be done via the OpenRTB protocol. It enables digital advertising companies to share the information among publishers, buyers, and data companies in a real-time bidding transaction."

3. Op-ed: Lean on signals that can't be spoofed to fight ad fraud

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Bhishma Savdharia, director of business development for GroundTruth’s Brand Safety Initiatives, wrote an op-ed in The Drum urging marketers to adopt "a combination of signals that can't be faked" to fight ad fraud. "Although fraudsters continue to improve their capabilities at rapid rates, they will never be able to truly, fully model real human behaviors," the article reads. "Aside from collecting data that would be impossible for a bot to generate, advertisers must embrace deeper analytics to better understand how humans act both online and on the ground."

4. IAB says blockchain and digital video are a 'natural fit'

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According to Advertising Age, "The IAB says blockchain technology 'is a natural fit for the digital advertising supply chain' with potential to increase efficiency, reduce costs and eliminate fraud." The comments come from the IAB's first whitepaper on blockchain technology. The whitepaper specifically highlights the potential for blockchain to have a positive impact on digital video transactions. 

5. Ads.txt can't fix advertising alone

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In an op-ed on MediaPost, Andy Evans, CMO of Sovrn, wrote: "[W]hile the industry is quite rightly flying the flag for ads.txt, it’s important to remember this initiative on its own will not solve all the highly complex and ever-evolving challenges of the digital ecosystem. Focusing solely on encouraging publishers to implement ads.txt to prevent domain spoofing could pose a real danger in allowing other threats to grow."

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