Robolawyer-chatbot tool to complete anti-deportation and immigration paperwork.
The use of robolawyer-chatbots promises to be a significant advance in social justice, its supporters say.
As with Airbnb and Uber, new artificial intelligence technologies have transformed many industries in the past few years. Now they are seeking to transform legal dealings with government as well.
From traffic tickets and renter rights to immigration, DoNotPay has a free artificially intelligent chatbot that guides users through the legal appeals process to challenge improper parking tickets, evictions or deportation orders.
“My hopes are that it will level the playing field. There is so much inequality in the law with the richest people in society getting advantages in the legal system. My hope is that one day everyone can have the same standard of legal protection as a billionaire,” said Joshua Browder in a Stanford Daily interview. He is a British teenager, Stanford University student and DoNotPay’s creator
DoNotPay first launched a free artificially intelligent parking-ticket-fighting chatbot that guides users through the appeals process for parking fines.
With a success rate of more than 60 percent, this bot “has helped more than 215,000 people beat traffic and parking tickets in London, New York and Seattle,” according to The Atlantic.
“215,000 people beat traffic and parking tickets in London, New York and Seattle.”
Now DoNotPay has created a chatbot for people seeking entry into the U.S., U.K. and Canada, or seeking to fight deportation.
This new chatbot is a game-changer as “It works with almost every device making it accessible to over a billion people,” Browder told The Guardian.
“Every legal-aid group has to turn people away because there isn’t time to process all of the cases,” said Roland Vogl, the executive director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology.
Immigration lawyer Sophie Alcorn added, “I can see the major benefits that leveraging sophisticated chatbot technology will have in the asylum application process…. Asylum seekers want to follow the laws and do everything properly, and this technology will help them do so.”
The Facebook Messenger chatbot asks users a series of questions to determine whether they are eligible for asylum protection. If they appear to be, then it will ask more questions and use the answers to auto-fill the necessary paper work.
Too many people lack access to the legal services they need, usually because they cannot afford them, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. The center found that “80 percent of low- income people have trouble obtaining legal representation or otherwise accessing the civil court system to protect their property, family and livelihood.”
This new technology can help meet other unmet legal needs of the poor, according to its inventor.
**For more information go to www.DoNotPay.co.uk or Facebook Messenger with a search “DoNotPay.”