Kubient Discovers Latest Findings of Fraudulent Activity Occurring Within the Programmatic Ecosystem via AI

Kubient | October 15, 2020

Kubient, Inc. (NasdaqCM: KBNT, KBNTW) ("Kubient" or the "Company"), the cloud advertising marketplace that enables advertisers and publishers to reach, monetize and connect their audiences efficiently and effectively, announced its latest findings of fraudulent activity occurring within the programmatic ecosystem. Via its patent pending Kubient Artificial Intelligence (KAI) ad fraud prevention, now available to the public, Kubient detected Wease.IM, a scheme that was duping brands and their supply- and demand- side platforms into purchasing fake traffic. Index Exchange, PubMatic, Sovrn, Verizon Media, Improve Digital, The Trade Desk, Amazon.com, Adobe, Outbrain, Sephora were all victims. The KAI pre-bid ad-fraud prevention tool helps stop fraud before it happens through pattern recognition and device scoring. The algorithm is trained to analyze the behavior, consistency, and quality to determine its credibility - accurately flagging fraud in less than 10ms of an ad bid, faster than any other tool on the market. In its work with its partners, the KAI team found the Weasel Injection structure and tested it independently. Ultimately, they determined it utilized PreBid.js header bidding but masked/spoofed the true identity of the properties it was selling while also being compliant with both ads.txt and sellers.json protocols. This was accomplished using a bait and switch advert (Malvertising) that when activated would facilitate the Fraudulent Reselling Scheme.

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The UK internet advertising sector increased revenues by 4.2% to £3.54 billion in 2009, up from £3.35 billion in 2008. Surpassing industry forecasts, online grew last year despite a decline in total UK advertising.


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Disney and ad-tech firms agree to privacy changes for children’s apps

Disney, Viacom | April 15, 2021

In legal settlements that could reshape the children’s app market, Disney, Viacom and 10 advertising technology firms have agreed to remove certain advertising software from children’s apps to address accusations that they violated the privacy of millions of youngsters. The agreements resolve three related class-action cases involving some of the largest ad-tech companies — including Twitter’s MoPub — and some of the most popular children’s apps — including “Subway Surfers,” an animated game from Denmark that users worldwide have installed more than 1.5 billion times, according to Sensor Tower, an app research firm. The lawsuits accused the companies of placing tracking software in popular children’s gaming apps without parents’ knowledge or consent, in violation of state privacy and fair business practice laws. Such trackers can be used to profile children across apps and devices, target them with ads and push them to make in-app purchases, according to legal filings in the case. Now, under the settlements approved on Monday by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the companies have agreed to remove or disable tracking software that could be used to target children with ads. Developers will still be able to show contextual ads based on an app’s content.

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Mobile Campaigns in India Deliver Stronger Results in H1 2021, According to IAS Media Quality Report

Integral Ad Science | October 19, 2021

Brand risk and ad fraud rates in India ranked below the global average Viewability on mobile environments increased in India MUMBAI, 19 October 2021: Today, Integral Ad Science (Nasdaq: IAS), a global leader in digital media quality, released its Media Quality Report (MQR) for H1 2021, providing transparency into the performance and quality of Indian digital media, alongside global comparisons. The latest MQR highlights brand safety, ad fraud, and viewability trends across display, video, mobile web, and in-app advertising. Mobile campaigns in India post lower brand risks than display Brand risk worldwide was lower across all formats and environments in H1 2021, an indicator of brands’ increased efforts to optimise ad placements toward contextually relevant content. The overall brand risk dropped below 4% across all formats and environments. In India, display was one of the safest environments for advertisers, with desktop display brand risk at 0.8%, down by 1.4 percentage points (pp). Mobile web display brand risk fell from 2.6% to 1.8%, while the worldwide average was 2.6%. Programmatic desktop and mobile web display inventory showed higher brand risk in India than publisher direct at 1.8% and 3.5%, respectively. This data suggests the market is actively using solutions to protect brand reputation and place its ads in suitable environments. Viewability on mobile environments increased in India Mobile campaigns in India had more viewable impressions in H1 2021. Viewability on mobile web display increased by 1 percentage point to 58.9% in H1 2021, while viewability on mobile in-app display increased from 51.3% to 54.1%. Global display viewability was down 2.4 percentage points on desktop and 3.3pp on mobile web year-over-year, reaching 69.5% and 64.3%, respectively. The worldwide reductions were driven by drops across Asia-Pacific, with India registering a 7.2 percentage point drop to post 54.9% viewability in desktop environments. In India, desktop and mobile display environments showed significantly higher viewability rates in programmatically traded inventory than publisher direct. Connected TV (CTV) remained the most viewable format overall, averaging 93.2% worldwide in H1 2021. Ad fraud rates decrease in desktop and mobile web display in India Both desktop and mobile web display had a marginal decrease in optimised ad fraud rates to reach 0.9% and 0.2%, respectively, in H1 2021. The worldwide non-optimised fraud rate for desktop display was 9.4% and 5.5% on mobile web display, clearly indicating that fraud mitigation strategies can reduce risks and reduce ad wastage. Saurabh Khattar, Commercial Lead India, IAS, said, “Mobile advertising has gained strong traction among Indian advertisers as consumers continue to spend more time engaging with content on mobile. According to a report by App Annie, average smartphone usage is about 4.6 hours a day in India, which stands third in global rankings after Indonesia and Brazil. As spending increases on mobile, media quality challenges may arise such as ad fraud, unsafe brand environments, and unviewable inventory. With the upcoming festival buying period, advertisers are well-advised to work with third-party verification companies to help protect their campaigns from ad fraud, brand risks, and lower viewability to maximise engagement and ROI”. About Integral Ad Science Integral Ad Science (IAS) is a global leader in digital media quality. IAS makes every impression count, ensuring that ads are viewable by real people in safe and suitable environments, activating contextual targeting, and driving supply path optimization. Our mission is to be the global benchmark for trust and transparency in digital media quality for the world’s leading brands, publishers, and platforms. We do this through data-driven technologies with actionable real-time signals and insight. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in New York, IAS works with thousands of top advertisers and premium publishers worldwide. For more information, visit integralads.com.

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MGID Launches Creative Safety Rankings in US to Improve Ad Quality

MGID | April 26, 2022

MGID, the global advertising platform, has launched Creative Safety Rankings across its US network to confirm its commitment to thoughtful, ethical advertising, by ensuring quality ad content that is brand safe and enhances the user experience. Safety Rankings is designed to provide advertisers with clear objective guidelines to publisher’s expectations as it relates to user experience, allowing for a smooth ad-delivery, while protecting and preserving publisher brand and customer loyalty. For publishers, the rating system, which has already been successfully implemented across part of MGID’s network, enables offering the best personalized experience for their readers. Paired with MGID’s new pre-moderation dashboard, premium publishers have full control over potential ad content misalignment by determining their safety threshold and filtering appropriate demand types to properly represent the expectations of their users, and their brands values. “We are constantly re-evaluating and enhancing our solutions and processes to ensure our product does not only support ethical advertising, but provides effective and flexible tools to both supply and demand sides to continue improving the ecosystem,” said Michael Korsunsky, CEO, North America at MGID. “We are constantly re-evaluating and enhancing our solutions and processes to ensure our product does not only support ethical advertising, but provides effective and flexible tools to both supply and demand sides to continue improving the ecosystem,” said Michael Korsunsky, CEO, North America at MGID. About MGID MGID is a global advertising platform helping brands reach unique local audiences at scale. It uses privacy-first, AI-based technology to serve high-quality, relevant ads in brand-safe environments. The company offers a variety of ad formats, including native, display and video to deliver a positive user experience. This enables advertisers to drive performance and awareness, and publishers to retain and monetize their audiences. Every month, MGID reaches 900 million unique readers, with 200 billion ad impressions, across 25 thousand trusted publishers. For more information, please visit: www.mgid.com

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Wishpond's Brax Enhances Native Advertising Platform through Partnership with ROI Marketplace and Integration with MGID

Wishpond Technologies, ROI Marketplace | April 04, 2022

Wishpond Technologies Ltd. (TSXV: WISH) (OTCQX: WPNDF) ("Wishpond" or the "Company"), a provider of marketing-focused online business solutions, is pleased to announce that its Brax subsidiary has entered into a partnership with ROI Marketplace LLC. ("ROI Marketplace"), a leading native advertising agency. The partnership aims to promote Brax's platform and migrate ROI Marketplace's existing customer base onto Brax's platform. In addition, Joe Burton, CEO of ROI Marketplace and a frequent speaker at industry events, such as Affiliate World and TES Conference, will join Brax's Advisory Panel, bringing years of experience managing native advertising campaigns to Brax's product development team. Brax's General Manager, Kevin Ho commented on the significance of the partnership, "We're incredibly excited for our partnership with Joe and the team from ROI Marketplace. They are true leaders and innovators in the native advertising space, and their agency complements Brax's technology offering perfectly. We are looking forward to our future together, in which we will provide innovative native advertising solutions to our customers." ROI Marketplace, listed on Inc. magazine's 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, is considered a market leader in the native advertising space. ROI Marketplace was recently awarded the Native Media Innovator of the Year (Media Innovator Awards). "I am excited to be joining the team over at Brax," said Joe Burton, CEO, ROI Marketplace. "I am excited to be joining the team over at Brax," said Joe Burton, CEO, ROI Marketplace. "I have worked with Brax in various capacities over the past eight years and always thought they had an amazing team. The native advertising landscape is changing daily and any company doing native advertising at scale should be using a system like Brax's. ROI Marketplace has long been considered one of the top native marketing agencies in the world and to have the honor to work with a top native advertising optimization platform such as Brax, is something we are enthusiastic about. Together we will refine and continue to build on their amazing technology to deliver all the tools and resources any media buyer needs to be successful." Wishpond is also pleased to announce the release of Brax's integration with MGID Inc. ("MGID"), the provider of a native advertising network with access to over 32,000 publishers worldwide reaching over 850 million unique visitors a month. This new integration opens up the door for Brax to onboard a wider audience of advertisers while simultaneously giving Brax's current customer base more ad network options to choose from. Features of this integration include the ability to manage MGID ad spend directly inside of Brax, and to create MGID ads directly within Brax with the option to publish them across other ad networks simultaneously. Wishpond also offers built-in optimization tools such as A/B split testing for ads and the ability to create rules to optimize ad campaigns across multiple ad platforms. About Wishpond Technologies Ltd. Based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Wishpond is a provider of marketing-focused online business solutions. Wishpond's vision is to become the leading provider of digital marketing solutions that empower entrepreneurs to achieve success online. The Company offers an "all-in-one" marketing suite that provides companies with marketing, promotion, lead generation, and sales conversion capabilities on one integrated platform. Wishpond replaces disparate marketing solutions with an easy-to-use product, for a fraction of the cost. Wishpond serves over 3,000 customers who are primarily small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in a wide variety of industries. The Company has developed cutting-edge marketing technology solutions and continues to add new features and applications with great velocity. The Company employs a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model where substantially all the Company's revenue is subscription-based recurring revenue which provides excellent revenue predictability and cash flow visibility. Wishpond is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker "WISH", and on the OTCQX Best Market under the ticker "WPNDF". For further information, visit: www.wishpond.com. About ROI Marketplace Ltd. ROI Marketplace is a premier digital advertising agency based out of Buffalo, New York. With a highly experienced team of media buyers driving a client-focused mentality, ROI Marketplace has grown to new heights over the last few years and were awarded the prestigious Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies award in 2020. Providing a holistic approach to your digital marketing from copywriting and content creation, to page design, and finishing off with managing your marketing campaigns and promoting your offers on the native advertising platforms, ROI Marketplace are helping their clients to consistently get exposure to millions of people each month.

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The UK internet advertising sector increased revenues by 4.2% to £3.54 billion in 2009, up from £3.35 billion in 2008. Surpassing industry forecasts, online grew last year despite a decline in total UK advertising.

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