Springhouse Amsterdam

Join us at the Ad Blocker Developer Summit 2019

September 27, 2019 Amsterdam, NL

After a successful 2018 summit in San Francisco, this year’s Ad Blocker Developer Summit will be hosted in beautiful Amsterdam!

Thanks for your interest. Registrations for 2019 are now closed. See you next year in 2020!

Why join?

Interact with a diverse group of knowledgeable individuals passionate about ad blocking. Learn from some of the most influential people in the industry and see first-hand the cutting-edge advances happening in the world of ad blocking.

The explosive growth of ad blockers has forced publishers and advertisers to listen seriously to consumer demands and reform some of their most aggressive ad practices. Come to this industry-wide developer event to learn how to contribute to the ad-blocking community, while learning from the best in the game. Contribute to the discussion on the future of ad blocking, from machine learning to VR/AR, to embedded devices and more.

  • Meet the developers behind some of the most successful ad-blocking apps in the world.
  • Learn what’s on the cutting edge in the world of ad blocking.
  • Help transform the advertising industry to be held more accountable to consumers.
  • Pitch your ideas for VR, machine learning, and AI in ad blocking. Help shape ad blocking for the future!
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September 27, 2019

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De Ruyterkade 128, 1011 AC, Amsterdam http://springhouse.nl


Ad Blocker Dev Summit brings together key industry players for engaging and interactive discussions on the latest advancements in various areas of ad blocking including circumvention, machine learning, privacy and security, and more.

Speakers for this year’s Summit include:

Andrey Meshkov avatar

Andrey Meshkov CTO, AdGuard

Arjan van Leeuwen avatar

Arjan van Leeuwen Team Lead, Opera Software

Bruce Lawson avatar

Bruce Lawson Web Standards Advocate Consultant - Coil, Prince, and Wix

Joana Garcia avatar

Joana Garcia Filter Developer, AdBlock Plus

Oleksandr Paraska avatar

Oleksandr Paraska Developer, Adblock Plus

Remi Berson avatar

Remi Berson Engineer, Cliqz

Florian Tramer avatar

Florian Tramer PhD Student, Stanford University

Gertjan Franken avatar

Gertjan Franken PhD Student, imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven

Leonie Watson avatar

Leonie Watson Director, TetraLogical

Victor Le Pochat avatar

Victor Le Pochat PhD Student, imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven

Alexandre Blondin avatar

Alexandre Blondin Product Manager, Chrome Extensions and Chrome Webstore, Google

Simeon Vincent avatar

Simeon Vincent Developer Advocate, Chrome Extensions and Chrome Webstore, Google

Karandeep Bhatia avatar

Karandeep Bhatia Software Engineer, Chrome Extensions, Google

Devlin Cronin avatar

Devlin Cronin Tech Lead and Manager, Chrome Extensions, Google

Simon Hearne avatar

Simon Hearne Principle Solutions Engineer, Akamai

Peter Snyder avatar

Peter Snyder Privacy Researcher, Brave

Zubair Shafiq avatar

Zubair Shafiq Professor of Computer Science, University of Iowa

Umar Iqbal avatar

Umar Iqbal PhD Student, University of Iowa

Heather Novotny avatar

Heather Novotny Senior UX Researcher, eyeo

Hieu Le avatar

Hieu Le PhD Student, University of California - Irwine

Amy Shepherd avatar

Amy Shepherd Legal and Policy Officer, Open Rights Group

Athanasios Andreou avatar

Athanasios Andreou Postdoctoral researcher, CNRS, Université Grenoble Alpes

Christian Solcer avatar

Christiaan Solcer CMO, Startpage

Kai Recke avatar

Kai Recke General Counsel, eyeo

Doug Swanson avatar

Doug Swanson Technical Fellow, Malwarebytes

Niels Leenheer avatar

Niels Leenheer Founder and CTO, Salonhub


The schedule for the day is the following:

Time Slot Track 1 Track 2
09:00 - 10:00 Check-in and Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00 Keynote: "Chrome Extensions Roadmap and Manifest V3" by the Chrome Extensions Team + Q&A discussion with the Chrome Extensions Team
11:00 - 11:30 “The History of Ad Blocking in the Opera Browser” by Arjan van Leeuwen
11:30 - 12:00 “Blocking ads at scale, efficient adblocking infrastructure at Cliqz” by Remi Berson “Tranco: A Research-Oriented Top Sites Ranking Hardened Against Manipulation” by Victor Le Pochat
12:00 - 12:30 “Are ad blockers doomed or have we already won?” by Andrey Meshkov “AdAnalyst: A tool to help you make sense of the ads you receive on Facebook” by Athanasios Andreou
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 “Online Advertising SUX” by Leonie Watson (15 min) + “Debunking myths about adblockers : What we've learned through user research” by Heather Novotny (15 min) “AdGraph: A Graph-Based Approach to Ad and Tracker Blocking” by Umar Iqbal (15 min) + “Overview and Demo of ShadowBlock: A Lightweight and Stealthy Adblocking Browser” by Zubair Shafiq (15 min)
14:00 - 14:30 “The state of third-party tag performance” by Simon Hearne “Challenges for ML in Ad Blocking” by Florian Tramer (15 min) + “Measuring and Mitigating Adblock Circumvention in the Wild” by Hieu Le (15 min)
14:30 - 15:00 “Anti-Malware Browser Extension” by Doug Swanson + “Bid vs Broadcast: an overview of data privacy issues in real-time bidding” by Amy Shepherd Papers we love
15:00 - 15:30 “Adblocker Under Attack: The Legal Battle Continues at Courts” by Kai Recke Papers we love (Contd)
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:30 “Blocking Behaviors, Not Resources: Protecting Privacy Beyond URL labels” by Peter Snyder “Challenges of Network-level Adblocking: A Case Study of Smart TVs” by Zubair Shafiq
16:30 - 17:00 “The game of filters: the arms race between ABP and Circumvention companies” by Joana Garcia “Closing the Cookie Jar: An overview of one year of third-party cookie policy implementation improvements” by Gertjan Franken
17:00 - 17:30 “Machine Learning Techniques for Ad Blocking” by Oleksandr Paraska “The future of Search Engines” by Christiaan Solcer (15 min) + “I’m Sorry”by Niels Leenheer (15 min)
17:30 - 18:00 "Web Monetization: thoughts towards a new revenue model for the web" by Bruce Lawson
18:00 - 18:15 Closing Thoughts
18:15 - 19:00 Snacks + Drinks

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