Information found on the Internet, on websites, social media platforms, video sharing services, etc. is often fragmented and appears out of context. There is no good way to know where particular content came from or to provide credit to original creators. This disclosure describes techniques that enable a user to easily dig deeper into sources of online content to determine its provenance. Per the techniques, a given image (bitmap or vector), audio, video, or other media is digitally fingerprinted. The fingerprinting technique is selected such that the generated fingerprint is robust to formatting changes, skewing, noise, etc. The fingerprints are used to trace the media to the earliest available version. Similarity in fingerprints is indicative of similarity in the content of the media.
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Blok, Irina and Benea, Robert, "Determining Original Sources of Online Content", Technical Disclosure Commons, (January 04, 2021)