Important news stories that cover industry practices and related developments.

  • Big Cable Companies Track & Target You via TV, Mobile, PC

    By: Jeff Chester | Nov 1 2017

    Learn about NCC Digital Media: the primary source for reaching consumers across all screens, helping brands target consumers across all screens. 

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  • Consorting With the Frenemy: Ad Tech Players Partner For Shared Identity Matching

    By: Jeff Chester | Sep 25 2017

    Seven independent ad tech companies debuted a programmatic consortium on Thursday that pools their supply- and demand-side cookie IDs into one shared identity asset. 

    The consortium is helmed by AppNexus, MediaMath and LiveRamp, which provides the data matching. Other launch partners include Index Exchange, Rocket Fuel, LiveIntent and OpenX.

    And it’s a shot across the bow of Facebook and Google, which suck in a majority of digital ad dollars.

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  • Political Scholars, NGOs Call on Facebook, Digital Industry to Support Rules for Political Campaigns

    By: Jeff Chester | Sep 23 2017

    Released on September 22, 2017 at a political microtargeting conference held in Amsterdam, in response to the recent announcement by Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg on changes to how they conduct political ad campaigns.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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  • Without Broadband Privacy, Californians Losing Key Consumer Protection Rights—Example 1

    By: Jeff Chester | Sep 18 2017

    Integrated into their end-to-end platform, Smartplay provides a real-time, one-to-one connection to viewer’s device, enabling them to optimize monetization opportunities.

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  • Equifax Unveils Data-driven Marketing Capabilities to Help Brands Drive Maximum Customer Value

    By: Jeff Chester | Sep 13 2017

    Equifax Inc., a global information solutions provider, today unveiled its next-generation Data-driven Marketing capabilities, designed to help brands conquer the challenges preventing them from realizing their data-driven marketing goals. 

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  • Comcast, Cox, Charter Sell Your Data to Political Groups

    By: Jeff Chester | Sep 5 2017

    What connects cable, online and on demand viewers? NCC Digital Video. 

    NCC’s approach to advertising reaches premium voter audiences across all screens. 

    Only NCC has the unrivaled ability to target authenticated subscribers in a variety of ways across premium cable content and websites. And with our targeting technology, NCC can continue to target this subscriber as well as additional specific audiences throughout the web. 

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  • Broadband Co’s Spy on Your TV Viewing and Sell to Political Groups—Part III

    By: Jeff Chester | Sep 1 2017

    Deep Root Analytics, a leading media & audience analytics company that creates data platforms for audience targeting and ad monitoring, announced today that it has expanded the number of audiences available with D2 Media Sales to enable political, corporate & advocacy advertisers to target Dish and DIRECTV households using proprietary audience segments.

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  • Broadband Co’s Spy on Your TV Viewing and sell to Political Groups—Part II

    By: Jeff Chester | Aug 30 2017

    Political data firms on both sides of the aisle have bolstered their addressable TV capabilities. Today, Democratic data firm TargetSmart and Republican data outfit Data Trust each announced new partnerships with TV data providers. The outcome should be even more TV spots, especially from congressional campaigns, targeted to households of key voter segments than ever before.

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  • Broadband Co’s Spy on Your TV Viewing and sell to Political Groups

    By: Jeff Chester | Aug 28 2017

    FourthWall Media and Data Trust announced a partnership that will create a unique feed utilizing Data Trust’s comprehensive data warehouse. Data Trust will connect FourthWall’s census-level television viewership data to its GOP dataset of over 190 million American voters from all 50 states. The integrated solution will help allied analytics companies build media and television-centric targeting solutions for their customers.

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  • Google Expanded Influencer Marketing: Industry Stealth Apparatus Requires Scrutiny

    By: Jeff Chester | Jul 11 2017

    FameBit is an online marketplace that connects YouTubers with brands that are interested in advertising their products and services.
    This provides creators an opportunity to earn money with their content by partnering with brands that are relevant to their audience. 
    Learn about Famebit, the Self-Service Influencer Marketing Platform.

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  • New Report by Cracked Labs: Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life

    By: Jeff Chester | Jun 13 2017

    The new report by Cracked Labs titled "Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life" with contributions by CDD's Katharina Kopp, provides a powerful overview of the commercial surveillance infastructure, key players and trends. 

    The report is available as a ten-part overview online and as a free, detailed 93-page PDF.

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  • No kidding: Facebook and Alphabet are Online Advertising Companies Above All

    By: Katharina Kopp | May 31 2017

    Chart: Here’s How 5 Tech Giants Make Their Billions


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  • People Have No Control

    By: Jeff Chester | Mar 30 2017

    CDD Executive Director, Jeff Chester speaks on Congress’ dismantling of the FCC Privacy Rule with CNN’s Jake Tapper on March 29th, 2017.

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  • Empowering and Protecting Youth in the Big Data Era: Issues and Perspectives from the EU and U.S.

    By: Jeff Chester | Mar 21 2017

    Young people are growing up in a digital world of constant connectivity – engaging 24/7 through social media, mobile devices, gaming platforms, and video streaming channels.  While offering important opportunities for youth to express their creativity, explore and learn, interact with their peers, and participate in civic discourse, contemporary digital media can also pose threats to their privacy and can negatively impact their development.  Children and teens spend or influence an estimated $1.2 trillion a year worldwide.

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  • Big Data Power Grab by AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and other Broadband ISPs: Part 1

    By: Jeff Chester | Mar 16 2017


    Phone, Cable Giants Build Digital Data surveillance systems to better spy on consumers.  

    9 reasons why they are lobbying Congress to kill your new privacy rights.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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  • Digital Data Ads on People to be Traded like Stock Shares, Rising Consumer Protection & Privacy Concerns

    By: Staff | Mar 15 2017

    FinTech meets AdTech Requires Scrutiny from Regulators, Advocates. Safeguards Needed.    

    NYIAX aims to transform ad inventory into standardized and durable securities. 

    A blockchain-enabled media trading platform running in the cloud and powered by Nasdaq. 

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  • Music Streaming Co’s and Big Databrokers Track/Target You

    By: Staff | Mar 10 2017

    As marketers think about reaching their audiences at the right moment with the right message, music streaming offers a powerful channel to seamlessly activate CRM data and engage customers during high-impact moments. Today at RampUp 2017, Spotify and LiveRamp™, an Acxiom® company, are partnering to enable marketers in the U.S.

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  • FCC Places Consumer Privacy at Greater Risk as it Seeks to Overturn Safeguards

    By: Staff | Mar 8 2017

    Today in the over-the-top (OTT) world, broadcasters and OTT service providers have few insights into what their viewers’ consumption habits are. Insights are key to making real-time decisions and personalizing a viewer’s experience, from content to ads and more.

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  • Comcast Expands Use of Big Data to Track What You Do

    By: Staff | Feb 23 2017

    Making a key big data move, Comcast has quietly scooped up a small video metadata specialist to delve deeper into the programming that it delivers, improving the viewing experience for subscribers while opening up possible new advertising revenue opportunities for the giant US MSO. 

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  • Safeguards needed for Big Data targeting in political campaigns

    By: Staff | Feb 21 2017

    Resonate’s HI-RES Intelligence-to-Activation platform enhances your understanding of your audience with unique insights about their motivations, values, media consumption habits and behaviors–to illuminate why they make the decisions they make–or don’t make. Then Resonate puts your message in front of them – wherever they are online.


    58% of consumers are more likely to be influenced by their friends and family

    47% of consumers are less likely to think immigration strains the US economy

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