May 25, 2022

New Research Preprint: “Difficulties of Timestamping Archived Web Pages”

The following article (preprint) was recently shared by the lead-author on arXiv.


Difficulties of Timestamping Archived Web Pages


Mohamed Aturban
Old Dominion University

Michael L. Nelson
Old Dominion University

Michele C. Weigle
Old Dominion University


via arXiv


We show that state-of-the-art services for creating trusted timestamps in blockchain-based networks do not adequately allow for timestamping of web pages. They accept data by value (e.g., images and text), but not by reference (e.g., URIs of web pages). Also, we discuss difficulties in repeatedly generating the same cryptographic hash value of an archived web page. We then introduce several requirements to be fulfilled in order to produce repeatable hash values for archived web pages

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