GumGum Joins Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM) Providing Contextual, Brand Safety and Suitability Expertise to Industry Standardization Efforts

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GumGum, a contextual-first global digital advertising platform, announced it has become an official member of Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM), the cross-industry initiative established by the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA), and will play a more strategic role in helping build guidelines that increase trust and transparency and shape the advertising industry across contextual, brand safety and suitability.

“It is paramount for the industry at large to have standardized definitions for keeping brands safe without negatively impacting monetization for publishers,” said Phil Schraeder, CEO of GumGum. “We are excited to be joining GARM in a more strategic capacity. We have seen the power and benefits standardization has for all players in the industry. We are excited to partner with GARM to build those standards for brand safety, suitability and now contextual targeting.”

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GARM was established by the WFA to address the challenges of harmful content on digital media platforms and its monetization via advertising. It brings together advertisers, agencies, media companies, platforms, industry organizations and now ad tech providers. GARM’s mission is to get the digital media ecosystem working together on the shared priorities that will lead to the removal of harmful content from advertiser-supported social media.

“As leaders in the online ecosystem, brand advertisers play a pivotal role in key media operations, from media spend strategy, ad placement decisions, and making sure that advertising supports positive content and avoids harmful content,” said Rob Rakowitz, Initiative Lead – Global Alliance for Responsible Media. “Much of our efforts result in creating standards, transparency and controls for advertisers, agencies, and platforms approaching the challenge – how digital content is categorized – and providing them with controls to include or exclude content in paid media campaigns. We are excited to partner with GumGum in ensuring a safer online environment that builds trust between marketers and consumers.”

GumGum’s accredited contextual intelligence platform Verity™ natively implements the GARM: Brand Safety Floor + Suitability Framework into GumGum Threat Categories.

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VerityTM leverages deep-learning artificial intelligence for threat detection and classification. The process for training this model includes collecting data samples, deploying human annotation on these data samples, and ultimately feeding these labeled (human-verified) samples to the model to “learn” the concepts presented. In order to most accurately train the model, there must be well-distributed samples for each of the categories (classes) supported. The samples provided for Verity’s threat models reflect the categorical definitions presented within GARM’s Brand Suitability Framework for Low, Medium and High-risk representations of each class.

“Contextual is the future of brand safety and suitability – which is something GumGum has believed in for over a decade,” said GumGum’s Head of Verity, William Merchan. “As an industry it will be important for us to not only come together on the brand safety and suitability standards but also how we define and implement the next generation of contextual technology.”

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