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Online digital security for the blind

Following the furore over a porn website for the blind - which seemed to be putting the cart before the horse, if you ask me - it is my pleasure to bring to your attention a much better use of technology aimed at improving the lot of blind and partially sighted PC users.

Vasco today announced that it has added to its Digipass authentication product line, releasing the Digipass 840 CV (Comfort Voice) smart card reader. As the name suggests, this is a "speaking" Digipass card reader.

With a speech-based interface, built-in speakers and massive keyboard keys, Vasco reckons that, with the Digipass 840 CV, internet users with reduced eyesight will now be able to have the same level of security as other, web-savvy e-bank account holders and e-commerce users. Which can only be a good thing.

Being mostly a visual resource, the internet isn't really set up for visually impaired people. So if the amorphous beast that is Web 2.0 isn't going to mutate into a gigantic, exclusive white elephant (might have had too much lunch), more needs to be done for blind web users.

If the internet is going to be a proper, functioning society, it has to be inclusive. Although we can live without the porn, blind or no.

So although I'm sure its motives weren't entirely charitable, I say thumbs up to Vasco.

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