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A Software Infrastructure for Authenticated Web Metering
April 2004 (vol. 37 no. 4)
pp. 28-33
Carlo Blundo, University of Salerno
Stelvio Cimato, University of Salerno
The Internet has become a mainstream, multibillion dollar advertising channel. The popularity mechanisms that rule traditional advertising economics also rule online advertising, but traditional systems for measuring ad exposure are of little value. Even a trusted host site can generate statistics that don't correspond to real usage.

Advertisers and auditing companies haven't adopted a standard technique to accurately measure the number of visits a site receives and hence the advertising exposure. A proposed framework based on hash chains minimizes the overhead associated with the additional communication required to implement a counting technique. Testing in a prototype implementation indicates that the framework also guarantees security and nonrepudiation of the produced proof of visits.

Citation:
Carlo Blundo, Stelvio Cimato, "A Software Infrastructure for Authenticated Web Metering," Computer, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 28-33, April 2004, doi:10.1109/MC.2004.1297298
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