How captchas break democracy

There is currently a European Citizen’s Initiative running to collect votes for a rollout of Universal Basic Income throughout out the EU. The form used for voting

In their own words:

Our aim is to establish the introduction of unconditional basic incomes throughout the EU which ensure every person’s material existence and opportunity to participate in society as part of its economic policy. This aim shall be reached while remaining within the competences conferred to the EU by the Treaties.

When looking at the form I noticed an accessibility issue I have been writing about here on my blog since 2006. Something myself and many other accessibility advisors have been warning web developers about for more than 16 years!

In 2022 it’s being used in an EU-wide “democratic” voting system.

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Per Axbom

Making tech safe and compassionate through design, coaching and teaching. Independent consultant. Co-host of UX Podcast. Primary publication: