This Font Will let You Know That the NSA Thinks You're a Terrorist | The Digital Reader
Google, Amazon, OverDrive, and other companies may choose fonts based on how good they are for reading, but not every font is made for that purpose. We've seen fonts designed to foil OCR apps and to show what it was like to read if you have dyslexia, and now a designer has developed a font which is intended to remind us that the NSA is always watching. Project Seen is a new font that lets you know in near real time whether your text is likely to draw the attention of the NSA and other spy agencies. It's the work of Emil Kozole, a graduate student at Central Saint Martins in London. According to Kozole, Seen is a project that deals with interception and filtering of our communications by the NSA, GCHQ and other security agencies. It is a typeface with a preloaded set of trigger words the agencies are targeting when scanning through our online communications. The typeface can be installed and used as any other font, but once any of the trigger words is written, the font immediately crosses it out. The list of trigger words is based on the NSA Prism database of terms originally leaked by Edward Snowden in 2013. That list [...]