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November 2012

Everyone Wins With Effective Self-Regulation

Few people are as passionate about self-regulation as I am.  As the Executive Director of NAI, I get to see every day the commitment our member companies make to meet NAI's high standards.  These companies --  third-party advertising networks, exchanges, and platforms -- deserve tremendous credit for their efforts but they don't always get it.

NAI – WC3 Position Paper Post

As many of you know, the NAI has been an active participant in the W3C meetings focused on Do Not Track. Recently, David Wainberg, our Counsel and Senior Director of Technology, submitted a position paper to the organization as input to their “Do Not Track and Beyond” Workshop scheduled for November 26-27 in Berkeley, California. (More information about the workshop can be found on the W3C website.) In support of our mission, we are planning to attend this event to ensure that the third party voice is represented and heard.

Reaffirming Our Core Values

Like many of you, I've been drowning in heated debates about privacy, Do-Not-Track and related industry concerns for the past several months. There has been a lot of anger, a lot of finger pointing and a lot of blame placed on third parties. Given the frequency and pervasiveness of these ongoing discussions, it is easy to lose site of the core values of the NAI. We could become sidetracked with a singular issue that represents a bare sliver of our mission; we could be myopic and veer off course from our core agenda.  This is the last thing we should allow to happen.