The Kremlin switches back to typewriters

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Though we have the technology to add typewriter sounds to a good old laptop, the Kremlin won’t be needing it anytime soon. We write here about the future and those futuristic devices that force us to stop and say, “Whoa, that’s cool.” But the future doesn’t always mean progress.

Because of leaks like WikiLeaks, the Kremlin has switched back to old-fashioned typewriters to avoid leaking of sensitive information. Russia’s Federal Guard Service plans to spend 486,000 roubles to buy a number of electric typewriters.

One of the best security aspects of using typewriters is the fact that each has a unique, individual pattern of type, meaning if any paper documents are leaked, it would be easy to trace it back to the source.

Says an unnamed FSO source: “After scandals with the distribution of secret documents by WikiLeaks, the exposes by Edward Snowden, reports about Dmitry Medvedev being listened in on during his visit to the G20 summit in London, it has been decided to expand the practice of creating paper documents.”

It’s not often we see agencies moving against the grain of innovation, but that’s a form of innovation it and of itself. As our information becomes easier and easier to access, could this become a trend?

Via The Telegraph

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