In Support of the Maintenance of Existing Net Neutrality Rules

A few months ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced plans to roll back net neutrality protections that were implemented in 2015. The proposed changes do two things: (1) reclassify internet providers as “information services” under Title I of the Telecom Act; and (2) remove some or all of the existing rules prohibiting ISPs from blocking, throttling, or prioritizing paid traffic.

As the world’s leading independent advertising company, we know firsthand that net neutrality is essential to an online environment in which no company or oligarchy of companies controls the distribution of content and information, nor the monetization of it.

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Summer in the Sandbox: Mentoring Girls Who Code

With our annual Girls Who Code mentorship program kicking off last week at AppNexus, we’re thrilled to welcome this year’s group of rising leaders. We’d like to share one AppNexian’s experience of what it’s like serving as a resource for academic, career, personal, and intellectual growth as this summer’s Girls Who Code class members begin their journey.

This post comes to us from Lucy Spain, a mentor for girls in the program. Lucy is a proud five year AppNexian, writer, professional actress, and amateur human being. She is constantly inspired by the diversity, spontaneity, and she sees every day at AppNexus. 

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The Prebid Expert Series: An Interview with AppNexus’ Matt Jacobson

Prebid interview Matt Jacobson

This post is the first in our Prebid Expert series! In each installment, we’ll be speaking with someone close to the Prebid project – either as a contributor or a user – and learning about the benefits and best practices of using an open-source header bidding wrapper. 

This week, we’re talking to Matt Jacobson. Matt has been a Product Manager at AppNexus for three years, and over the past year, a big focus of his has been leading product development on Prebid.js.

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We’ve Seen It Before, We’ll See It Again: How Closed Systems Fall

In an age of burgeoning skyscrapers and factories, U.S. Steel commanded a global reach and scale that allowed it – for a certain time – to set the pace of the entire steel industry. The first company in America valued at over one billion dollars (the modern-day equivalent of over $40 billion), the company commanded roughly 66 percent of the world’s total steel output in its earliest years of operation.

When U.S. Steel’s first President, Elbert Gary, called on other steel magnates to adopt the same high prices for steel that his company asked for, they fell into line. Through “administered pricing,” where the prices of goods and services are determined by backroom deals rather than free-market forces, a closed ecosystem was created. Prices were fixed, competition was forbidden and technological innovation was discouraged.

Digital publishers of 2017, take note.

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AppNexus Programmable Bidder: How Data Science Gives Buyers Greater Control Over Bidding Strategy

Programmatic advertising has enabled marketers to target their audiences more efficiently and buy inventory they wouldn’t have access to otherwise. But digital advertisers haven’t had great options for implementing a bidding strategy that perfectly aligns with each campaign’s unique KPIs.

That’s the problem we set out to solve when we built the AppNexus Programmable Bidder (APB) two years ago. APB allows marketers to upload their own algorithms onto the AppNexus platform, change them at will, and see their bidding strategy change accordingly in real time.

In this post, we’re going to look at how data science makes APB such a valuable tool for marketers and give you a sneak peek at some of its upcoming improvements.

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