smokescreen: online privacy software by jonathan ravasz smokescreen: online privacy software by jonathan ravasz
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.



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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  • Excellent, and so simple. Sometimes computers are so smart they are dumb.
    Remember this when we have to fight the SkyNet war against the machines.

    Oops, NSA’s web-trawling has picked up subversive language and behaviour …..
    Have you got an App to disguise that too.

    mackenzie collins says:

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