Former NSA contractor designs surveillance-proof fonts


To paraphrase John Gilmore, the internet treats surveillance as damage and routes around it. These surveillance-proof fonts have been carefully designed and tested, and cannot be read by high-end OCR readers.

Sang Mun’s response was more direct — the 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.

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  1. The problem is OCR software can be easily trained to recognize these fonts as long as they are static. If there was a way to make the noise be randomly generated on each use it would continue to be effective.

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