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Facebook chatbot offers free legal aid to refugees

Mar 14, 2017, 7:25 AM EDT
(Source: tom albinson/flickr)
(Source: tom albinson/flickr)

Stanford student Joshua Browder has programmed a Facebook Messenger chatbot that offers free legal advice to refugees in the U.S. and Canada, helping them with their immigration application process. The robot lawyer, named DoNotPay, has been developed after extensive discussions and interviews with lawyers and those who have had their immigration applications successfully processed in the two countries.

The London-based developer says he felt the need for such an interface because of the changing political landscape in the U.S. and neighboring Canada, writes The Guardian. The chatbot, which asks the user a series of questions to determine the correct application form to be filed, currently works in English but Browder plans to expand it to other languages as well.

The 19-year-old Stanford student also intends to expand the chatbot to WhatsApp platform, given its international reach and popularity, notes The Technews.

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