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The Homogenous Internet Ecosystem

Scot Hacker recently mentioned the analogy between "the healthy necessity of biodiversity in nature and platform diversity in the computing world." The fact of the matter is that the Internet is highly analogous to an ecosystem at this point, and an extremely homogenous ecosystem at that. Ecosystems lacking in biodiversity are especially susceptible to attack by self-replicating organisms, just as we're seeing on the Internet today. Were market shares of operating systems, Web browsers, and e-mail clients more evenly distributed among competitors, the Internet ecosystem would be much more resistant to attacks like SoBig.


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