SAN FRANCISCO – August 20, 2020  – MadNetwork, a custom blockchain purpose-built for enterprise applications with early adoption in the advertising technology space, today announced additions and revisions to its product roadmap with renewed focus on the rapidly evolving digital media landscape. The network is releasing a new whitepaper and a revised token economic model, and announced plans to port over from Ethereum to a proprietary Proof of Stake (PoS) sidechain built by the company.

The digital media landscape is an ever-changing, data-intensive ecosystem valued well in the billions of dollars. However, digital media and the advertising technology that monetizes it is still in its infancy. With less than 60 years between the invention of the internet and today’s ad tech market, the digital world is rife with issues.

Launched in 2018, MadNetwork envisioned a series of products and partnerships geared toward reshaping the relationships between consumers and advertisers. The network quickly rolled out related developer tools through MadHive, its sister organization, and forged a partnership with AdLedger, a nonprofit consortium working to build open technical standards for the application of blockchain and cryptography to media and advertising.

However, after further exploring the complicated demands of ad tech, the Mad Team decided there was an immediate need to create a purpose-built blockchain tailored to tackle the most prominent ad tech issues. Consequently, MadNetwork plans to release a highly scalable sidechain to Ethereum, with a sophisticated public key infrastructure (PKI) and several key features designed for enterprise clients, such as data expiration and garbage collection.

Through this updated system MadNetwork will address problems including but not limited to:

  • Middlemen

In a two-year study ,PwC uncovered that half of all online ad spend goes to industry middlemen. There are usually anywhere between 10 and 20 of these intermediaries, all software companies that play a role in buying, selling, targeting, optimizing, or measuring an ad in exchange for a percentage of the transaction. These middlemen extract so much of the value that publishers are usually left with only 20-50% of the original ad dollar.

  • Supply chain efficiency

According to ISBA, half of the money advertisers invest in programmatic advertising never reaches online publishers, with 15% of the money unattributable to any players in the supply chain.

  • Fraud

Today, fraud is rampant in the digital world. TrafficGuard, an ad fraud prevention tool, reported that businesses may be losing as much as $34 billion to ad fraud and predicted those losses will increase to $87 billion by 2022.

  • Data Provenance

Fake news, data mining and viewership tracking have created dangerous echo chambers of unverified and inaccurate information fielded to the most vulnerable populations. According to Pew Research Center, a third of people prefer to read news online. However, according to a Boston University School of Communication study, 9 out of 10 people can’t tell sponsored content from real online news.

  • Frequency Management 

There is a well-known “rule of seven” that states a person needs to see or hear your marketing message at least seven times before they take action. But today, over advertising may be detrimental to your brand. In a recent study, the Advertising Association showed public favorability towards advertising has decreased 25% over the past few decades.

Excerpt from Whitepaper:

“Although  the  Ethereum  system  did  work  for  the  purposes  of  a  pilot  project,  bringing thousands  of  new  enterprise  systems  into  the  fold  would  eventually  prevent  any  solution built  on  this  technology  from  succeeding  due  to  the  scaling  constraints  of  the  underlying system.  What we needed was a system that was built for the specific purpose of creating a better PKI. What we needed was a cryptographically verifiable map that could expire stale records automatically, was capable of sharding so that it could grow smoothly with system utilization, was inexpensive to write data into, and had mechanisms through which tokens could be abstracted for enterprise partners. What we needed was MAD Network.”

“There are clear and prevalent issues within the ad tech space that demand the attention of innovators,” said Adam Helfgott, Project Lead at MAD Network. “Other companies have yet to address the delicate issues surrounding ad tech and digital media in a meaningful way, and there is obvious potential for decentralized technology as a solution.”

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About MadNetwork:

MadNetwork is a custom blockchain designed to authenticate and manage the identity of organizations, people, or assets in the digital world. With successful implementations in the advertising technology space, MadNetwok’s innovative technology can be leveraged by virtually every industry as the foundational infrastructure to automate transactions between trusted, authenticated counterparties. The project is backed by top tier investors such as Blockchange and Fenbushi Capital.

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