Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The NSA-Proof Font -- #FreeBrad

“We feel free because we lack the language to articulate our unfreedom.” -— Slavoj Žižek

"The [NSA-proof font] project started with a genuine question: How can we conceal our fundamental thoughts from artificial intelligences and those who deploy them?" Sang 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."

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ZXX Type Specimen Video from Sang Mun on Vimeo. -

The name ZXX comes from the Library of Congress' Alpha-3 ISO 639-2 -- codes for the representation of names of languages. ZXX is used to declare No linguistic content; Not applicable.

Free Open Type Font to open up governments.

Download & disperse at your convenience: ZXX ver.1.0

This is Sang Mun's Degree Project at the Rhode Island School of Design. Under the guidance of John Caserta. © RISD 2012

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