smokescreen: online privacy software by jonathan ravasz
all images courtesy of jonathan ravasz
aiming to solve the lack of privacy within web generated written content, slovakian designer jonathan ravasz has developed ‘smokescreen’. the application helps to censor information while messaging online, providing more privacy for web-based communication. the open source program is able to process and generate text that is unrecognizable for the most common optical character recognition software (OCR). the application generates random ‘pixels’ that are overlaid on the text, confusing the software, but still visible to human readers.
text generated by smokescreen showing the random ‘pixels’ that are overlaid
the open source application is able to create text that is unrecognizable to OCR but still visible to humans
the software helps to censor information while messaging online
close-up of the generated text, A1 print