One of the ‘trending’ words of 2012 in the IT world appears to be ”ecosystem’ and I am tired of seeing it already…

The Wikipedia definition, for want of a better, is: “an ecosystem is a community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system.” So why is it appearing in the IT literature? For example – ‘UK open standards and the proprietary ecosystem‘, ‘Privacy by Design and the emerging Personal Data Ecosystem’ etc.

Information technologies are not living organisms! Can we stop misusing the word now, please!


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