Why is Amazon hiring blockchain experts for its advertising division?

Why is Amazon hiring blockchain experts for its advertising division?


Amazon hints at putting advertising data on a new blockchain A job posting on LinkedIn last week suggested that Amazon has plans to bring blockchain technology into its advertising product.

The adtech giant stands to update its advertising offering in “fairly non-revolutionary ways" like ad impression and payment reconciliation.

The company is looking for a software development engineer with blockchain experience to join its advertising FinTech team . The posting said : "This is an opportunity to define a technology architectural direction of a greenfield area for Amazon‘s advertising business using Blockchain technology.” The team is reportedly focused on creating a “blockchain ledger, billing and reconciliation systems to provide data transparency on transnational financial data”.

With global ad fraud predicted to cost an unprecedented $23bn this year , blockchain has been a much-touted solution. The open-source ledger tech at the core of cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, could also give brands more transparency over their media buys. For example, Unilever and IBM have said they will use the ledger to bring more transparency to the digital advertising supply chain by offering a real-time record of transactions.

Christiana Cacciapuoti, vice president of partnerships at MadHive and executive director of AdLedger, said that for Amazon, employing blockchain technology would be more of an "infrastructure upgrade".

“The reduction of intermediaries is something that is often discussed when it comes to blockchain in media, but when it’s employed by the giants, that’s not quite the case," she explained.

"Independent adtech can write transactional data to a shared location to have an […]