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Sat Jun 22, 2013, 10:36 PM

Introducing the NSA-Proof Font

At a moment when governments and corporations alike are hellbent on snooping through your personal digital messages, it'd sure be nice if there was a font their dragnets couldn't decipher. So Sang Mun built one.

Sang, a recent graduate from the Rhode Island Schoold of Design (RISD), has unleashed ZXX—a "a disruptive typeface" that he says is much more difficult to the NSA and friends to decrypt. He's made it free to download on his website, too.

"The project started with a genuine question: How can we conceal our fundamental thoughts from artificial intelligences and those who deploy them?" he writes. "I decided to create a typeface that would be unreadable by text scanning software (whether used by a government agency or a lone hacker)—misdirecting information or sometimes not giving any at all. It can be applied to huge amounts of data, or to personal correspondence."


He named it after the Library Congress's labeling code ZXX, which archivists employ when they find a book that contains "no linguistic content."


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http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/introducing-the-nsa-proof-font

I doubt anything is really NSA proof. But they would have to look for it first.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Jun 22, 2013, 10:38 PM

1. From now on, I'm writing all my emails in Navajo. n/t

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Jun 22, 2013, 10:41 PM

2. If my bank ATM can read my handwriting on a check, NSA can decypher the font. Nice thought, though.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 23, 2013, 04:27 AM

6. Yout handwriting isn't designed to defeat text readers.

If one knows how text recognition works, it makes it easier to produce unreadable text.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Jun 22, 2013, 10:54 PM

3. I ran your graphic through my OCR and got...

 

http://timws.com/misc/Scan10002.pdf

Other people's OCR mileage may vary.

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Sat Jun 22, 2013, 10:59 PM

4. Would force them to go back to basics HUMINT

 

Human intelligence
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_intelligence_(intelligence_collection)

And stay focused.

Excellent idea, and since it is "low tech", everyone can do it.

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Sun Jun 23, 2013, 03:38 AM

5. Interesting

Thanks for posting.

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