Australians do not give an XXXX for the use of CAPTCHA and are now in open revolt.
According to IT News, a new campaign calling for the death of CAPTCHA has begun in Earnest, which we think is a small town near Cairns.
They say that the technology to combat spam bots is also blocking people with disabilities and the feature should be removed from websites.
A CAPTCHA is a completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart.
They are designed to prevent spammers from automatically sending unsolicited commercial messages to sites and users by requiring people to read unreadable text and numbers.
The problem with CAPTCHA is that it hinders people with vision impairments to the point that they cannot use certain websites.
Blind Citizens Australia, Able Australia, Media Access Australia and the Australian Deaf-Blind Council are calling on organisations to stop using CAPTCHA, setting up a petition with the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network.
Apparently when CAPTCHA uses audio files along with the strings of letters, people with disabilities find these just as tough.
Dyslexic, colour-blind and older users often find CAPTCHA hard to get through too.
It is starting to look like the use of CAPTCHA may in fact contravene Australia’s Disability Discrimination Act.
A better way for everyone, critics suggest, would be the use of emails to activate and verify users, instead of CAPTCHA.
The W3C web standards organisation has already commented that CAPTCHA has become less effective as an anti-spam measure, with character and image recognition software being able to defeat it.