As courts increasingly introduce online services a key question is whether the Internet connected user is an actual person to validate the action?
First, before getting started there is a massive amount of action occurring in state legislatures regarding court technology. We recommend that you run… not walk… to our companion blog, Gavel to Gavel to see the latest in legislation and funding for these efforts. A particularly interesting post includes a recent Texas state legislature hearing on E-filing fees.
Now, on to the subject du jour. On February 14, 2013, PC Magazine published a fascinating article titled: “Are You A Human? CAPTCHA and Beyond”. Most of us in dealing with online services have seen and responded to questions requiring us to retype words or combinations of characters that have displayed as an image and obfuscated in some manner as shown in the graphic below. This is known as CAPTCHA which is a humorous acronym said to mean “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”.
|Image courtesy of Wikipedia|
The PC Magazine article notes several new alternatives that provide CAPTCHA functionality. One option provides a short simple game. In the example shown in the article one matches the garden seeds with the row they are to be planted in requiring the user to drag the package to the row. You can play with a demo by clicking here.
Other options noted in the article displays a “swirled” picture that one corrects and then enters the text that you can now read. And another uses a series of pictures that can easily be identified.
We recommend that you check these ideas out for potential application in your online Internet services.