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Consumer Privacy

As legislators and regulators in Congress and the states continue to address privacy concerns in a fragmented fashion, agencies are often left with questions as to what exactly they are being asked to do, and how exactly they should go about accomplishing it.  Privacy can be an amorphous topic to wrap your head around, so we’re here to help.

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Consumer Privacy
Diversity/BIPOC

For decades, we have been deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion within the advertising industry. We hear and see our Black colleagues and stand up as anti-racist. It is up to all of us to continue to play a role in dismantling the racial issues in our country and we call on all of our members to continue to do the work that will drive change.

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Diversity/BIPOC
Programmatic

As programmatic media evolves, our thinking must evolve with it.  As buyers and sellers continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible, agencies need advice and guidance from a trusted source.  The 4A’s is here to help.

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Programmatic
Brand Safety & Suitability

With technology providing numerous options for consumer access to content, we collectively have the responsibility to safeguard consumers and the brands we work with to ensure balanced environments where brands and consumers can coexist with trust.

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Brand Safety & Suitability

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4A’s Challenges Nielsen to Maintain Separate National In-Home and Out-of-Home TV Viewership

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Will Result in Negative Impact on Agencies and Marketers Networks Should Not Have Ability to Dictate Single Metric NEW YORK, NY, July 20, 2020 — Today, the 4A’s is announcing that the organization is challenging Nielsen’s decision to combine national in-home and out-of-home television viewership into a single data stream*.  This stream will be used […]

BIPOC Owned Media Companies Resource List

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We have curated a list of 350+ minority-owned media outlets (TV & radio stations) to make available to members and non-members. This list has been cultivated primarily from the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA, a division of the United States Department of Commerce), but will […]

APB Brand Safety Self-Assessment

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In order to promote sound brand-safety and suitability practices, the 4A’s Advertiser Protection Bureau has created the APB Brand Safety Self-Assessment – a 50-question, self-paced exam covering the following topics: Brand Safety vs. Suitability Risk Tolerance Contextual Risk Fraud & Piracy Third-Party Verification News & Brand Safety/Suitability Social Media Ad Experience It is our hope […]

Preparing for a Cookieless Future: Third party Cookies Deprecating from Google Chrome in the Next Two Years |

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Original POV doc from Fitzco   June 26, 2020 Update Overview: Google announced earlier this year it will be eliminating third party cookie tracking from its Chrome browser by 2022. This removal has since expanded to device and user IDs as well. This development among others have been accelerated by GDPR and CCPA, which address […]

Local Media Consortium’s List of Approved Publishers

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Local News Inclusion List of Publishers – This downloadable CSV of this list is for advertising buying purposes of local news websites in targets DMA’s in the U.S. Any buyer using this list should use appropriate MRC accredited vendors for audience and ad delivery verification. Access and approval is granted by the Local Media Consortium […]

Don’t Avoid News, Semantics Can Help: Publicis’ Cohen

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Read the full article and watch the video here   At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many brands started running away from advertising in news publications, or using brand safety tools’ keyword blocking features to dodge coronavirus-related inventory. But one of the world’s largest ad agency groups is now the latest to say they […]

GroupM, Publicis Media Exchange & WFA on Brand Safety & Suitability

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GroupM’s Joe Barone, Managing Partner Brand Safety Americas, World Federation of Advertisers’ Rob Rakowitz, Initiative Lead, Global Alliance for Responsible Media, and Publicis Media Exchange’s Yale Cohen, Executive Vice President, Global Activation Standards join IAB Tech Lab’s Amit Shetty, Senior Director, Product to discuss brand safety and suitability.   View the full video here

Programmatic Ad Spend in the Age of COVID-19

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Pixalate analyzes how programmatic advertisers are reallocating investments in response to the COVID-19 crisis in this report series.

Ad Fontes Media Bias Chart

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  In an effort to promote reliable and accurate journalism, Ad Fontes Media has created the Media Bias Chart, which scores media outlets on two axes: Reliability and Bias.  Reliability scores are on a scale of 0-64; scores above 24 are generally acceptable, and scores above 32 are generally good.  Bias scores are on a […]

Facebook Community Standards Enforcement Report (5/2020)

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Full report from Facebook here:   We want Facebook and Instagram to be places where people have a voice. To create conditions where everyone feels comfortable expressing themselves, we must also protect our community’s safety, privacy, dignity and authenticity. This is why we have Community Standards on Facebook and Community Guidelines on Instagram, which define what is and is […]

From “Axe to Scalpel,” Brand Safety and Suitability Gets More Refined, Dentsu’s David Murnick

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Since 2017, the digital media industry has largely taken control of brand safety issues, universally rejected content around terrorism and violence. The conversation has moved on to brand suitability and the tools in the hands of buyers and publishers have become much more refined, says David Murnick, EVP for Digital Operations at Dentsu Aegis Network […]

“News Is Brand-Safe:” UM Worldwide’s Lowcock

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In the era of social distancing, avoidance may be the order of the day. But that shouldn’t be the case when it comes to advertising against news. Interpublic’s UM Worldwide has become the latest agency in a procession of industry players to counsel advertisers against blacklisting news publishers during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Watch the […]