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A CAPTCHA is a test to tell wether a user is human or a computer. They mostly come in the form of distorted letters at the end of comments on news sites, blogs or in registration forms. Their main function is to prevent abuse from "bots" or automated programs written to generate spam. Civil Rights CAPTCHA is unique in its approach at separating humans from bots, namely by using human emotion. This enables a simpler and more effective way of keeping sites spam free as well as taking a stand for human rights.
With over 200 million CAPTCHAs being solved everyday, we hope that by catching a tiny amount of those interactions we can help promote and empower our partners - brave human rights defenders, who often put themselves at great risk through their engagement for other people’s rights.
The application has been developed by the organization Civil Rights Defenders who's purpose is to work with local organisations in longterm partnerships, striving to be present in countries and regions where human rights are least respected. To achieve change we target several levels in society:
- We monitor the state authorities and demand accountability, justice and reparations when people's human rights have been violated.
- We inform the public so they claim their fundamental rights and freedoms.
- We empower individual human rights defenders and - organisations by providing expertise, training and support.
Most of the situations brought up in the captcha (all the negative ones) are based on real events where the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been breached. There is no content related to our work in the Captcha which is based on our subjective and personal values.
You can read more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights here
Instead of visually decoding an image of distorted letters, the user has to take a stand regarding facts about human rights. Depending on whether the described situation is positively or negatively charged, the CAPTHA generates three random words from a database. These words describe positive and negative emotions. The user selects the word that best matches how they feel about the situation, and writes the word in the CAPTCHA. Only one answer is correct, the answer showing compassion and empathy.
If you have any questions send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Will the captcha be maintained?
The captcha is a permanent installation. The idea is to continually develop the platform (security & compatability) as well as updating it with current human rights issues or perhaps making different versions for different "question areas".
We hope to eventually have a community of developers working on its development.
How long will it be maintained?
Until it becomes obsolete. There is only one reason to stop maintaining it - if no one uses it.
How large is the current data set, and do you plan on adding more data to it over time?
The statements will change over time, both to update to current events, as well as improving the security of the captcha. Work will also be done to minimize the possibility of automated sentiment analysis.
The limitations of using only emotions for the correct answers are also under consideration. However, at the present, the data-set is still large enough to meet the recommendations of well-proven open-source solutions.