Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

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Tag Archives: digital advertising

Is the Cambridge Analytica Scandal a Watershed Moment for the Ad-Funded Internet?

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
The news that Cambridge Analytica, the shadowy, digital political consultancy, may have misused user data obtained from Facebook is reverberating throughout Washington and foreign capitals. The immediate fallout has been calls for Congressional and federal investigations into what happened. The Federal Trade Commission has taken the unusual step of publicly announcing a “non-public” investigation into… Continue Reading

Subverting Democracy, Advertising, and the Economy Through Bots

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
The word “bot” is a double-entendre. It refers both to the larval stage of the bot-fly, a rather gruesome internal parasite (warning, link not for the squeamish) and to a software application that runs automated scripts on the internet in highly repetitive fashion—also with parasitic effects. Internet bots can be programmed for good or evil.… Continue Reading

This Week in Digital Advertising: Fake News, Bots, and Implications for Digital Trust

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
Last December, authorities arrested Edgar Welch, a 28-year old man from Salisbury, North Carolina, who had entered Comet Ping Pong, a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor, armed with a shot gun. Mr. Welch reportedly came to Comet Ping Pong on a self-described mission to free child sex slaves that he believed might be imprisoned there at… Continue Reading