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Blockchain Platform to Add Transparency to Digital Advertising

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Advanced location data technology company Blis, backed by Unilever, Endeit and Beringea, has announced a pilot platform to add transparency across the data ecosystem. Digital advertising commonly relies on disparate data sets to help identify audiences likely to buy products and services. Marketers increasingly face pressures to comply with data privacy regulations, understand where it came from, and to account for the performance of data relative to its costs. The platform is in response to the increased industry challenges around transparency and verification of data, including location and demographic data, and will run on the IBM Blockchain Platform.

Geographical data enables digital advertisers to create more targeted ads by identifying specific demographics and better understand consumer behaviour. With this new platform, the source of the geographical data is written to the blockchain, providing advertisers and data providers with greater confidence in the provenance of the data, by giving them access to a transparent blockchain that is immutable and verified. The pilot partner on the platform, Unilever, will help evaluate and refine the service Blis can provide to advertisers and data providers moving forward.

Luis Di Como, Executive VP of Global Media at Unilever Group, remarked: “Unilever are committed to partnering with organizations which create better digital infrastructure. This new capability is an important step towards transparency and clarity in data provenance and compliance across our global activity,”

CEO at Blis, Greg Isbister said: “We’ve taken an innovative approach to tracking geographical data for digital advertising to solve a critical problem. Combining our deep expertise with blockchain technology will allow us to deliver a new solution that will address the growing trust, accountability and transparency needs that are pressing the advertising industry,”

Clients will benefit from the new capability as they can transparently validate data provenance and understand individual providers GDPR compliance. Brands can analyse the data they are using by accessing the platform, which provides access to all data transactions, from individual apps to Wi-Fi data.

Matthew Warner
Based near Windsor, England, Matthew Warner is an enthusiast for innovative, cutting edge technologies. He is a B.Eng. graduate in engineering with honors from the University of Warwick and also holds an PGCE in education degree. Matthew is a member of Mensa.