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Around the Block: New Realities in Ad-Blocked Digital Media

With Ad Blocker software reaching critical mass, both on desktop and on mobile platforms, what will be the impact on a digital media that is so largely driven by advertising revenue? This session will cover the differences between the different ad-blocking apps, the reasons for their emergence, and how platforms, publishers, advertisers, and consumers are responding to the new environment. Included will be a discussion of Ad Block Plus’s controversial “Acceptable Ads Program” in which major platforms have participated to keep their ads from being blocked. A diverse group of panelists will consider the various strategies that might be used to overcome – or co-exist with – ad blocking technology.

Panelists:  
James Chadwick, Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Moderator)
Melissa Gallo, Senior Director, IAB Tech Lab
Nick Morgan, Copyright Attorney, Microsoft Corporation
Cooper Quintin, Staff Technologist, Electronic Frontier Foundation

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