IBM, Mediaocean announce blockchain consortium to tackle what’s wrong with ad tech

A variety of startups are using blockchain as a way to add transparency to the notoriously opaque ad tech system, including NYIAX, Kiip, Kochava and MetaX.

And now a new ad-focused blockchain consortium has recently been announced this month by heavyweights IBM — through its iX digital agency — and advertising software provider MediaOcean. It already counts ad giants Unilever, Pfizer, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg and IBM Watson Advertising among its inaugural participants.

The as-yet-unnamed consortium, unveiled last month at Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, is powered by the blockchain protocol developed by IBM and made open source, called Hyperledger. The blockchain environment will be built on Mediaocean’s campaign management platform, which already handles more than $140 billion in annual ad spending.

[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]


About The Author

Barry Levine covers marketing technology for Third Door Media. Previously, he covered this space as a Senior Writer for VentureBeat, and he has written about these and other tech subjects for such publications as CMSWire and NewsFactor. He founded and led the web site/unit at PBS station Thirteen/WNET; worked as an online Senior Producer/writer for Viacom; created a successful interactive game, PLAY IT BY EAR: The First CD Game; founded and led an independent film showcase, CENTER SCREEN, based at Harvard and M.I.T.; and served over five years as a consultant to the M.I.T. Media Lab. You can find him at LinkedIn, and on Twitter at xBarryLevine.

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