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Re: OSI 1-3 attack on Tor? in it.wikipedia

Paul Syverson writes:

> Err no. That's exactly wrong. It is in fact "The Onion Routing".

Your explanation makes sense, and you're certainly in a much better
position than I to know the history of the project's name.  On the
other hand, there are many references that seem to call it "The
Onion Router", including Wikipedia and the Tor wiki:


> "The Onion Router" would make no sense in any case. It would
> imply that there was one amongst the c. 2K onion routers currently out
> there carrying traffic that is the genuine article.

I think it makes sense to call the _software_ "the onion router" and
any individual node "an onion router" (akin to "the Apache web server"
and "an Apache web server", "the Squid proxy" and "a Squid proxy").

Seth Schoen
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