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smokescreen: online privacy software by jonathan ravasz
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aug 12, 2013
smokescreen: online privacy software by jonathan ravasz


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.

 

 


‘smokescreen’
video courtesy of rjth

 

 


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

 

 

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