Project Intercept’s lead partner, Seattle Against Slavery, is working with counterparts in 21 other U. cities, including Boston and Houston, to deploy the bot more widely.So far, the chatbot has exchanged 14,000 messages with nearly 1,000 people who responded to the planted ads. While you may believe you could easily figure out that the email from your grandma who is desperately asking you for money is not really an email from your grandma, not all phishing scams are that obvious and many people fall for them.
They used the company’s Azure cloud platform to build an improved version of Microsoft technology called Photo DNA that automatically detects and reports images of child exploitation.
Before long, 40 colleagues had joined to volunteer on the project.
Responses are routed to an experienced nonprofit employee or volunteer.
“It’s really accelerated our ability to reach people,” says Amanda Hightower, executive director of nonprofit Real Escape from the Sex Trade, or REST.
Limitations of the software have produced mixed results for businesses, but the deter-o-bot has proven good enough at its job.“It helps that the guys who are buying sex are not paying much attention to the human being on the other end of the phone,” says Beiser, of Seattle Against Slavery.