2019.12.06 Last Week in Digital Media

Hello

Welcome back after the Thanksgiving break, this week Last Week in Digital Media includes two weeks of news, here’s what you may have missed:

EXECUTIVE MOVEMENTS

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, announced in a tweet that he plans to spend 3-6 months of 2020 in Africa. The news received mixed reaction mainly given concerns about what this means for twitter actively policing the 2020 US Election. Separately, over at Alphabet (aka Google) founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced they were stepping back from the company (still majority shareholders) and that Sundar Pichai will take over Alphabet.

There’s a lot of speculation as to what is really motivating these CEOs to step away or out. What’s not in doubt is that as 2019 comes to an end the industry is under more scrutiny than ever and 2020 will be the “Year of Reckoning” for data and tech across everything from antitrust to privacy. Whether this is what motivated the decisions is open to debate, what is less open to discussion is to expect the “Year of Reckoning” to put leaders of every ad tech company under as much scrutiny as the companies they lead.

GENERAL

VIDEO

INVESTIGATIONS

REGULATORY

PRIVACY, TRUST, and SAFETY

Finally…

Outside of a major breaking news event that, this is the last Last Week in Digital Media for 2019. Thank you for reading, for your feedback, and have a great holiday season. Stay safe and you will hear from me post-CES (mid-January) 2020.

Joshua