The DoNotPay chatbot is being expanded to help asylum seekers
Joshua Browder won huge praise when he created DoNotPay – a chatbot which helped 250,000 people avoid shelling out for fines in the UK.
Now, refugees and migrants in Britain, Canada and the Untied States can turn to him for legal help.
Descended from an Austrian grandmother who escaped the Nazis, Mr Browder wants to help those fleeing war and poverty.
He said: “I started out with parking tickets which seemed trivial.
“After that, lawyers and charities were saying that automated legal services are bigger than just parking charges.”
Joshua Browder has set out to help asylum seekers
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He said that fighting for humanitarian causes was “much more gratifying”.
His second chatbot to help the public will put questions to users about their living status and will assess whether or not they are eligible for asylum.
Collecting 200 details in Britain, it then helps to fill application forms, signposts people to the next steps and lists refugee organisations who will also provide help.
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Mr Browder, who attends Stanford University, is the son of corruption campaigner Bill Browder who is in dispute with the Kremlin, after his attempts to bring Russians to justice.
Young Mr Browder designed the bot over the last 12 months.
He has worked alongside legal professionals to ensure questions are accurate.
The chatbot could be translated into Arabic in the future.
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The app will advise migrants on how they should fill out asylum applications
Mr Browder said: “I’m really excited about the next few months.
“I’ve got half a dozen new services planned, like pensions to disability benefits.
“Hopefully we can get into at least 100 areas.”
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