Katherine Mangu-Ward on a Font to Discourage NSA Snooping


It actually reads, "Thanks, Obama!"

The ZXX font is designed to be difficult for machines to read. Former National Security Agency contractor Sang Mun created the font as a response to increasing government incursions on privacy. It's unclear how important optical text recognition is in government snooping, but as Katherine Mangu-Ward explains, every bit of extra privacy counts.