Solving the Puzzle of China, the Web & Wyoming

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What do half a billion Chinese people, the Internet and the street address 2710 Thomes Avenue in Cheyenne, Wyoming have in common? One of the largest Internet failures in history.

According to reports, an 8 hour Internet outage this week affected nearly every user in China—the country’s web traffic was mistakenly redirected to a company based in a Wyoming building.

Jason Q. Ng is the author of "Blocked on Weibo: What Gets Suppressed on China’s Version of Twitter (And Why)," and a research fellow at the Citizen Lab. He joins The Takeaway to explain what went wrong.