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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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