Like little stars.
It’s not the perfect defense against our current state of near-totalized communications surveillance, but it’s something: A former NSA contractor, Sang Mun, has designed a font he says is highly difficult for a surveillance text scanner to decipher.
As CNN reported:
[T]he Korean designer has created four new fonts called ZXX that aim to disrupt the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) systems used by Google and others to analyze text.
“I decided to create a typeface that would be unreadable by text scanning software (whether used by a government agency or a lone hacker),” Mun told CNN via email, “misdirecting information or sometimes not giving any at all.”
Each font uses a different optical trick to make them difficult to scan: ‘Camo’ adds camouflage-like patterns over letters, ‘Noise’ overlays the letters with dots, ‘Xed’ puts a neat X across each character, and ‘False’ uses a small letter beneath a larger ‘false’ one.
Watch a video about Mun’s anti-surveillance fonts:
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Natasha Lennard.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.