Please STOP, stop, stop using #Google #reCaptcha on your websites!
You are giving away your visitors' #privacy and they cannot even opt-out and avoid it if they want to reach your contents.
#privacyMatters #webdevelopment


@emanuele @KnowPresent This is one of those things where I think we ought to talk FOSS alternatives ASAP.

@emanuele @KnowPresent ...which is not to say that source-code availability fixes the core issue.

@n8 @emanuele Amen! Wasn't the original ReCAPTCHA a FLOSS university project?

It is also surprising that a portion of the problem is the inability to accept (algorithmically) simple solutions. Adding a silly rhetorical question to most forms eliminates like 99.9% of bots. Somebody posted this overview recently:

@KnowPresent @emanuele @n8

> ReCAPTCHA relies extensively on user fingerprinting, putting emphasis on the question of “Which human is this user?” rather than the ordinary “Is this user human?”.

Very GOOGly.
@KnowPresent @emanuele @n8 I wish the government ran a captcha service and we could be digitizing records, stuff for library of Congress, etc. The results would actually be a public good.

@feld @KnowPresent @n8 yes, it would be awesome if something open could exist.

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