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Local Media Consortium and Brand Safety Institute Create Media Buying “Local News Advertising Whitelist” to Unlock Local News…

The Local Media Consortium (LMC), in partnership with the Brand Safety Institute and Scott Cunningham, consultant and Founder of the IAB Tech Lab, today announced the creation of a media-buying "Local News Advertising Whitelist" that opens up thousands of vetted local media advertising opportunities for national brands and companies during times of crises, particularly as the coronavirus pandemic generates heightened media consumption. "The LMC's Local News Advertising Whitelist is launching at a time when local…

Brand Safety Institute Opens Training & Certification Program For Brand Safety Officers

Sign-Ups and Training for First BSO Accreditation Program Now Underway; Adobe, Facebook, OpenX, Oracle Data Cloud Join as Founding Sponsors Launched last summer to professionalize the field of brand protection, the Brand Safety Institute (BSI) opened its doors to the ad industry's first accreditation process for the executives who manage brand safety and related issues within their companies. Sign-ups and initial training modules for the Brand Safety Officer (BSO) accreditation process are now available through…

Oracle Exposes “DrainerBot” Mobile Ad Fraud Operation

Millions of Consumer Devices May Be Infected; Apps Can Drain 10GB Data/Month; Joint Work of Teams from Oracle’s Moat and Dyn Acquisitions Led to Discovery Oracle announced the discovery of and mitigation steps for “DrainerBot,” a major mobile ad fraud operation distributed through millions of downloads of infected consumer apps. Infected apps can consume more than 10GB of data per month downloading hidden and unseen video ads, potentially costing each device owner a hundred dollars per year or more in data overage…

First Analysis of European Anti-Fraud Efforts Shows 94 Percent Fraud Reduction in Tag Certified Channels

Study Conducted by The 614 Group Found Only 0.53 Percent IVT In Channels Using TAG’s Widely-Adopted Anti-Fraud Standards The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), an advertising industry initiative to fight criminal activity in the digital advertising supply chain, released the first analysis of the effectiveness of ongoing industry anti-fraud efforts in Europe. The study, conducted by The 614 Group, found the use of TAG Certified distribution channels for digital advertising reduced the level of fraud by more than 94…

Brand Safety Institute Names Two Dozen Industry Leaders to Help Design Brand Safety Curriculum

New BSI/TAG White Paper Recommends Closer Brand-Agency Collaboration, Increased Investment in Brand Safety Resources The Brand Safety Institute (BSI) named two dozen industry leaders as founding members of the BSI Editorial Board, which will help design the brand safety curriculum for BSI’s accreditation program for corporate executives. The new editorial board includes senior executives focusing on brand safety and related issues from top trade associations – including the 4A’s, IAB UK, IAB Tech Lab, ISBA, JICWEBS,…