google web fonts is one small way the adtech behemoth uses its monopoly powered network effect to surveil people across the internet.
I was guilty of using it out of convenience on my old vanity website and stagnant blog, but last night I spent a little time excising it (see https://lab.burn.capital/chaz/chazomatic.us and https://lab.burn.capital/chaz/blog.chazomatic.us).
Ha, I should have looked closer at fontcdn before tooting! Turns out they don't proxy anything, they're just a search interface for google web fonts. Use fontlibrary.org instead!
Or maybe I'm just confused. If you access it via the https://fontcdn.toolforge.org/ URL, it seems to provide a non-google URL for you to use on your website, which would mean it *is* proxying from google, a good thing.
It's also available via the author's website, which just gives you google URLs. Dunno!
I'm going to stop tooting about it now before I confuse myself even more 😔
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