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The Adblocking Tug-of-War

Haddadi, Hamed and Nithyanand, Rishab and Khattak, Sheharbano and Javed, Mobin and Vallina-Rodriguez, Narseo and Falahrastegar, Marjan and Powles, Julia E. and De Cristofaro, Emiliano and Murdoch, Steven J. (2016) The Adblocking Tug-of-War. [Magazine Articles]

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Online advertising subsidizes a majority of the “free” services on the Web. Yet many find this approach intrusive and annoying, resorting to adblockers to get rid of ads chasing them all over the Web. A majority of those using an adblocker tool are familiar with messages asking them to either disable their adblocker or to consider supporting the host Web site via a donation or subscription. This is a recent development in the ongoing adblocking arms race which we have explored in our recent report, “Adblocking and Counter Blocking: A Slice of the Arms Race” [1]. For our study, we used popular adblockers, trawled the Web and analyzed some of the most popular sites to uncover how many are using anti-adblockers. Our preliminary analysis found that anti-adblockers come from a small number of providers, are widely used, and that adblockers also often block anti-adblockers.

Item Type: Magazine Articles
Depositing User: Narseo Vallina
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2017 09:33
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 09:33

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