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.
View a live example of the captcha here.
View a live example of the captcha in swedish here.

About the Emotions & Scenarios in the CaptchaMost 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.

HOW DOES THE CIVIL RIGHTS CAPTCHA WORK?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.

START USING CIVIL RIGHTS CAPTCHAWelcome to the developer documentation for Civil Rights CAPTCHA. Here we will explain how to add the captcha to your site. There are two ways to use the captcha on your site: (a) using a library, or (b) writing the code to communicate with our servers. The captcha is built on top of Securimage PHPCaptcha (http://www.phpcaptcha.org).
A ColdFusion library has been added, you can find it here. If you like to develop (or have developed) a library or plugin for another programming environment, we would be more then happy to add it. Email us at captcha@civilrightsdefenders.org

The captcha server has been updated with several fixes. The data-set and the distortion of the answers have both been increased.

(a) Available libraries:

Quick start with the PHP library
Using a library is the simplest way to add the Civil Rights Captcha to your site.

You can view and download the latest version here.

The package includes the library and an example page (with a version of jQuery) to demonstrate how to use it. The Civil Rights Captcha depends on the javascript library jQuery and it HAS TO BE INCLUDED.

Language support: Currently only english (en) and swedish (sv) are supported.


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