Center for Research on Electronic Commerce

Center for Research on Electronic Commerce

Center for Research on Electronic Commerce

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Center for Research on Electronic Commerce

The Center's vision is assuring that electronic commerce processes and applications achieve their efficient outcomes promised by the digital age. We implement that vision through interdisciplinary research focused on developing technologies and applications that increase business productivity, consumer satisfaction, market efficiency, society's welfare and the effectiveness of government policies.


The scope of the Center's research covers activities characterized by the use of enabling digital technologies in communications infrastructure, computers and other enabling technologies that lay the foundation of the market. This foundation allows innovative digital processes and products to enhance, and replace, physical processes and products. Government agencies and policies also play a critical role in determining this new market economy's outcome. The Center's major research areas cover issues ranging from market infrastructure to policies through the strength of its multidisciplinary body of researchers.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Since its establishment in 1988, the Center for Research in Electronic Commerce (CREC) has served as an incubator for breakthrough research blending business and computer science. Today it is recognized as the leading research institution in Information Systems research. Needless to say, dramatic technological change since the 1980’s is transforming the world of business by creating new challenges and opportunities. The research staff at CREC is uniquely equipped to address these issues on behalf of the business community.

IIAR Project

IIAR Project

The IIAR Project is building econometric models for economic incentives for Internet mail providers to improve their dealings with spam and botnets. This work employs game theoretic models and other formal mathematical models, together with statistical analysis and extensive empirical analysis of the Internet primarily based on anti-spam blocklists. One of the results of the project is a prototype reputation system for mail providers and and for blocklists.

We've launched the public spamrankings.net, displaying rankings by number of spam messages of Autonomous Systems (groups of IP addresses) of medical and of all organizations in the United States and internationally. The website encourages these organizations to improve their security, thereby prohibiting the unethical use of their servers to generate spam.

The IIAR Project is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, NSF Award #0831338, CT-ISG: Collaborative Research: Incentives, Insurance and Audited Reputation: An Economic Approach to Controlling Spam.

Project Staff

  • John Quarterman, project manager
  • Yanzhen Chen
  • Ying-Yu Chen
  • Shu He
  • Gene Moo Lee 
  • Shun-Yang Lee
  • Liangfei Qiu 
  • Qian Tang

Acknowledgements and Disclaimer

National Science Foundation
This material is based upon work supported by the NSF under Grant No. 0831338.

Data Sources
We gratefully acknowledge custom data from CBL, PSBL, Fletcher Mattox and the University of Texas Computer Science Department, Quarterman Creations, and especially Team Cymru.

*Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or any of the data sources listed above.

Personnel

Personnel

Affiliate Research Faculty

Staff

  • Meredith Bethune
  • Markus Blomvall
  • Juhani Halkola
  • Markus Iioven
  • Mark Varga

Contact

Contact

Location

McCombs School of Business
University of Texas at Austin
CBA 6.426
2100 Speedway, Stop B6500
Austin, TX 78712
512-471-7962

Director

Dr. Andrew Whinston
Hugh Roy Cullen Centennial Chair in Business Administration
abw@uts.cc.utexas.edu
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