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1390218.  Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:18 am Reply with quote

Hi elves, a quibble here from a newbie.

reCAPTCHA, as shown by the "I'm not a robot" tick box image (not to be confused with Captcha later mentioned by Sandi), is an abomination and not to be endorsed by QI.
TL;DR, Google is not to be associated with anything ethical.

First, by using it on any non Google sites, users are forced to accept Google's cookies. This means all of the users were exposed to Google which doesn't give a single flying f*ck about those users privacy, they track every one on the planet for their own profit. Last year Google fired their prominent ethical AI researcher Timnit Gebru, and later Margaret Mitchell, co-lead of the ethical AI team, who voiced her support of Timnit who was fired because she published a paper that was critical of dangers in Google's process.

Second, it's tremendously exploitative, web developers throw their users to this internet's cancer just because it's easier to outsource the brain power to avoid (most of the time not to solve) threat of automated bots, arguably wasted hundreds of million hours world wide just to train Google's self driving machine learning. No one, and I mean NO ONE, outside of the specific Google's developer team (it's possible they also don't) knows what the criterias are to trigger the bot challenge.

Third, a lot of web developers and web app architects are just lazy or don't care about the impact of their decision on using reCaptcha. They can do 10-15 minutes of research to avoid reCaptcha and use hCaptcha instead. This can be deduced from the lack of 2FA (Two Factor Authentication) feature, or forcing user to use SMS for 2FA's TOTP (Time-based One-Time Password) which defeats the security purpose.

Even Cloudflare, another morally dodgy web service provider, moved to hCaptcha.

Oh, and David Mitchell's claim of browser's incognito mode user as wanker is just really regrettable, he clearly a). didn't think it through, b). didn't have sufficient knowledge to condemn that practice.


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