This Free Font Automatically Redacts NSA Surveillance Trigger Words

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Some might see downloading this free font called Seen as the digital equivalent of donning a tin foil hat. Except that we know that security agencies like the NSA are intercepting emails and other communications, scanning for specific trigger words that this font automatically crosses out.

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But Emil Kozole’s Seen font isn’t necessarily designed to let you slip messages under the NSA’s radar. It’s more of an educational tool revealing just how wide the NSA is casting its trigger word net. Seen can be used like any other font—but as soon as you type a word that might make the NSA interested in an online conversation you’re having, you’ll immediately be notified of the risk you’re taking.

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Not convinced? You can actually try it out in your browser before installing the font itself. Or just use the online version as a quick way to proof an email before you hit send and risk ending up on a watch list somewhere.

[Project Seen via Creative Applications]

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But Emil Kozole’s Seen font isn’t necessarily designed to let you slip messages under the NSA’s radar.

You mean, isn’t at all going to let you slip messages? Because the “naughty” words are still present in your content, just displayed with a strikethrough. Now, I get the fact that this is an artistic/creative “statement” type of thing, but could we maybe avoid any implication that this will hide anything at all from anyone?