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In a sign of how complex the digital ad business has become, the Interactive Advertising Bureau this morning will announce a new training program for industry professionals to bone up, get schooled and develop their professionalism amid constant change and innovation.
Online advertising has expanded from a nascent industry into a powerhouse over the past decade and a half. It now generates over a million jobs in the EU-28 economy, and contributes more than € 100 billion of gross value added (GVA)*. The figures are estimates published today in a study produced by IHS and sponsored by IAB Europe, “Paving the way: online advertising in the European economy”.
Internet public policy — and the technical ecosystem — is at a crossroads and the choice of CEO that ICANN's board makes now is probably the most important such choice it has ever made. Since I work in Internet policy across the Geneva institutions where more than 50% of all international Internet-related policy meetings take place, and have worked at ICANN in senior positions in the past, I thought I would suggest some qualities the next CEO should have. I would like to be clear that everything that follows should not be read as a comment on the current or any previous CEO; it is a fantastically difficult and almost entirely thankless job no matter who does it.