A College Student Developed A Chatbot To Grant Refugees Asylum

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"So many lawyers are charging hundreds of pounds simply for copying and pasting documents, so I hope to one day replace them," Joshua Browder said to Mashable.

Today, Donald Trump signed off on a new executive order that forbids immigrants from six Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States, cutting Iraq from the last ban.

It's appropriate, then, that a London-born Stanford University student has developed a chatbot that aids immigrants in acquiring asylum, Mashable reports. The messaging platform uses an artificial intelligence lawyer to lend a hand to stranded refugees.

What began as legal aid for parking tickets and delayed flights  is now geared toward immigration rights. The chatbot asks users a list of questions to see if they're able to receive asylum protection beneath international law.

"Crucially, all the questions that the bot asks are in plain English and A.I. generated feedback appears during the conversation," creator Joshua Browder, 20, said of his service, DoNotPay, to Mashable. "For example, the best answer for your situation will include a description when the mistreatment started in your home country."

After eligibility is worked out, the bot records details and auto-fills an immigration application (I-589 for the United States, ASF1/application for the United Kingdom, and Canadian Asylum Application for our upstairs neighbor).

The company uses Facebook Messenger, since it's "the most accessible platform."

"All data is deleted from my server after ten minutes and it is possible to wipe your data from Facebook Messenger," Browder said.

Additionally, the company provides external resources and information about more documentation required by the user.
"I hope it will allow anyone to have a right to safety, regardless of the ability to afford a lawyer," Browder said.

The platform, it seems, is a human rights game-changer in the face of endless adversity. 

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