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Update on Google’s Censorship of Blind Bloggers

November 15, 2005 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

Approximately three days after being locked out of the ability to post new articles to his blog, Steve Bauer, the blind Blogger user featured in the original story, received a response indicating that his blog was manually reviewed and will no longer be classified as spam. He confirms he is now able to post. While solving the word verification scheme takes a sighted person a minute or two, it takes three days for Google to allow a blind person to accomplish the same thing! This is not accessibility and we in the blind community cannot accept this ongoing treatment by Google and other companies doing business on the Internet. The current state of the art in accessibility for visual verification is to provide audio playback of the characters to be entered. Let’s all, blind and sighted alike, absolutely insist on this accomodation.

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