WOTY -- "Great Firewall"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Jan 23 20:21:40 UTC 2014

Surely a term whose eponym adversely affected seven percent of the
world's population deserves the honor.  What else could possibly
result in 500,000,000 hits for up to eight hours?

"Big Web Crash in China: Experts Suspect Great Firewall", by NICOLE
PERLROTH, on-line at
and in print with the headline "Great Firewall Likely at Fault in Web
Crash" (A1, NY and NE editions).

Another article, dated Jan. 22 (New World Style), by Amy Qin, on-line
at the NYTimes web site.

(Originated probably in 2000.  Two books in 2001; one refers to it as
"what some in the cyberspace community called the Great Firewall of China".)


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