Typewriters (huh?) make a comeback in post-Snowden era

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So, the typewriter, an icon of a bygone, pre-PC era, is, making a comeback. Say what?

The German government is reportedly thinking about using typewriters — non-electronic ones at that — for its clerical work, according to this Guardian report earlier this year. Why? Because they cannot be hacked.

From the story:

Asked “Are you considering typewriters” by the interviewer on Monday night, the Christian Democrat politican Patrick Sensburg said: “As a matter of fact, we have – and not electronic models either”. “Really?” the surprised interviewer checked. “Yes, no joke,” Sensburg responded.

Last year, the same paper reported that Russia’s Federal Guard Service — responsible for protecting Vladimir Putin and other big wigs — was reverting to typewriters. They also cited concern over NSA snooping on electronic communications.

Welcome to life in the post-Snowden era.

Tom Furrier, owner of Cambridge Typewriter, a 48-year-old service shop in Arlington, Mass., agreed that interest in…

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