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Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg's Capitol Hill testimony

Last week, Facebook's CEO donned a suit instead of a hoodie and made his way to Capitol Hill, where he was questioned by American lawmakers in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

That scandal, the largest the world's largest social network has ever dealt with, has brought Facebook's collection and use of data into the spotlight. With negative headlines being published daily and the threat of regulation on the horizon, the company's public appearance shy chief, Mark Zuckerberg, had little choice but to go before lawmakers and answer questions.

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Is the ad fraud problem really getting better? New research suggests not

Ad fraud is a huge problem, but the past year has seen growing optimism that progress was being made in the fight against the industry's biggest threat.

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) suggested that losses from ad fraud were going to drop from $7.2bn in 2016 to $6.5bn in 2017. What's more, efforts to reduce common forms of ad fraud have gained traction. Perhaps most notably, the IAB Ads.txt standard, which aims to make spoofing much more difficult, is rapidly being adopted.

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Facebook will soon require marketers to confirm they have user consent for Custom Audiences

The long-term effects of Facebook's ongoing data abuse crisis are still unclear, but one of the most popular and powerful tools Facebook offers marketers could be changing as a result.

According to reports that have since been confirmed by Facebook, the social media giant is planning to require that marketers using Custom Audiences certify to Facebook that they have obtained consent from the individuals whose data they provide to Facebook.

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Why GDPR means it’s time to get to know your customers

The European Union is dishing up some tough love to brands and advertisers.

And the introduction of the GDPR is set to mark the most significant shift in how brands collect, use and store consumer data in 20 years. The rules for targeting consumers based on third-party data and cookie IDs are changing.

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Facebook is in real trouble: What it could mean for marketers

The world's most dominant social media company, Facebook, is facing the biggest crisis of its life after it was revealed that an outfit called Cambridge Analytica managed to obtain Facebook data for some 50m users under false pretenses.

The Cambridge Analytica story has sparked a fury and led to a still-ongoing stream of negative headlines for Facebook that is entering its second week.

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What are the key digital trends in IT in 2018?

For customer-focused companies, the role of the IT department has never been more important. 

Last year, 2017, Econsultancy's Digital Trends in IT report highlighted how cybersecurity and achieving a single customer view were two pressing priorities for leaders in the field.

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What ‘data’ competencies does a modern marketing function need?

In our Modern Marketing Model (M3), ‘Data & Measurement’ is arguably the only completely new element introduced compared to previous models like the 4Ps. As it is new it is the least well understood and scoped. 

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Is healthcare ready for AI, potentially the biggest innovation since the vaccine?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has permeated into many parts of everyday life, if you look hard enough you can see it in unassuming places; from the facial recognition of Google photos to the spam filter in your favourite email app. But perhaps it is in areas of commerce and industry where we can see its value the most.

Manufacturing operations are being optimised, data is being collated and analysed at an ever increasing rate, and deep learning enables 'intelligent' machines to make independent decisions without human guidance.

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How the blockchain can be applied in healthcare

While Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies face dramatic price swings and are still the focus of controversy, interest continues to grow in the blockchain technology behind cryptocurrencies.

From digital asset rights management to advertising, there are many industries in which entrepreneurs and established companies are looking to apply the blockchain.

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Four common misconceptions about the GDPR for marketers

Econsultancy’s latest research shows that over half (59%) of client-side marketers still feel unclear about what does and does not constitute compliance with the GDPR.

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The best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

There’s a lot to sink your teeth into in this week’s roundup, including news about mobile commerce, marketing budgets, GDPR and more.

The Internet Statistics Compendium is also ready and waiting as always.

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GDPR: Why the opportunities far outweigh the costs

Instilling trust in users can be a significant challenge for marketers. Every one of us has at one time been fooled by a mis-sold product, over-hyped service, or B.S. guarantee. 

These lies are annoying and could lead to a financial loss. However, they all pale in comparison to a far more serious trust issue. One which is forefront in the consumer’s mind every time they have to hand over their email address, telephone number, or personal details.

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