Google headquarters in Mountain View, California on September 1, 2015. The digital advertising powerhouse has received criticism for its role in contributing to ad fraud.

Machines are now primarily responsible for purchasing digital advertisements and choosing where they run, but some recent embarrassments have shown that they don’t always get it right.

This month, for example, advertisements from Citigroup, IBM and Microsoft found their way onto the website of an Islamist extremist. This follows an investigation by The Times about radical YouTube videos featuring ads for brands such as Marie Curie and Mercedes-Benz. In both cases the fault can be traced back to programmatic advertising.

So, what is programmatic advertising, exactly? And why does it lead to these unseemly mistakes?

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Jorge I. Dominguez is the Chair of The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies at Harvard University and Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico in the Department of Government. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Faculty Associate of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and of Leverett House.President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba reflects a new way of formulating and implementing U.S. policy toward Cuba. This new policy is different not only from the sanctions that had been the long-standing U.S. policy toward Cuba but also from the policies suggested by the leading U.S. presidential candidates. Obama’s new policy toward Cuba starts from a different premise the United States will make decisions that reflect its values and its interests, independent of what the Cuban government may or may not do.

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Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini read a joint statement on implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and removal of sanctions imposed against Iran.

The joint statement was read out in Vienna.

The joint statement will pave the way for removal of all sanctions.

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BERLIN (IDN) - “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed,” declared U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in April 1953. A new report shows that these remarks remain relevant and yet unheeded 62 years later.

While hunger, poverty and depravity continue to stalk developing lands, the report by the prestigious Congressional Research Service (CRS) finds that the United States remains the single largest weapons supplier to developing nations, controlling more than 50 percent of the global arms market. From 2011 to 2014, Washington made arms supply agreements worth nearly $115 billion with developing nations.

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This years WPF tackled hybrid warfare and the disorder shadowing our world today.

“13” is the bad luck number in some cultures. Even architects and scientists try to go around it, just in case; to the extent that high rise buildings in North America skip the 13th floor, so after 12th floor, comes 14th!

But not for The World Public Forum on Dialogue of Civilisations, held in Rhodes, Greece every autumn. This year’s forum, number 13, was indeed the best ever.

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Visualisation of Belt and Road routs. HTDK researchWould the Silk Roads come back change the way we trade and end the way commerce is used as an instrument of power projection?

There is no doubt that the United States is losing its status and influence as the world’s economic leader, and this is only good for the rest of the world.

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A woman walks under a board listing foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble outside an exchange office in Moscow in December.Russia's central bank has replaced its head of monetary policy after President Vladimir Putin criticised the failure of emergency measures to halt the ruble's decline.

Dmitry Tulin, a former central bank official who also worked at the International Monetary Fund and Deloitte, will take on Ksenia Yudaeva's role as first deputy governor in charge of monetary policy, the Bank of Russia said in a statement 14 January. Yudaeva, who remains a first deputy to Governor Elvira Nabiullina, will focus on forecasting, strategy and financial stability, she told reporters in Moscow.

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In the wake of the attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead, a heated battle of opinion is being waged in France and several other countries on the issue of freedom of expression and the rights of both media and the public.

On one side are those who say that freedom of expression is an inherent human right and a pillar of democracy, and on the other are representatives of a range of views, including the belief that liberty comes with responsibility for all sectors of society.

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