Blind get earful of spam daily

Wednesday, 23 June 2004, 6:27 AM EST

Think looking at spam is offensive? Try listening to it.

For the millions of blind and visually impaired Internet users around the world, using text-to-speech software is often the only way to check e-mail. But as the spam problem gets worse, more and more of those users are finding that having their e-mail read aloud can be a minefield. Listening to the next message in the inbox may reveal an important letter from an old friend or, more often, an embarrassing ad for penis-enhancement therapy.

By Amit Asaravala at Wired.

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