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🤖 Rise of the Chatbots! 🤖
As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to advance, and people begin to demand more from the organizations they do business with, new, more effective ways of communicating begin to develop.
And one such method of staying in touch with people is through the use of chatbots.
A chatbot is an artificial intelligence software that can conduct conversations with people through messaging systems, mobile apps, and websites.
They are designed to help solve tasks when real live humans aren’t available. They may also help you to find more information during the early phases of your research. For instance, a chatbot can answer questions, direct people to relevant content, help with making purchases, set and confirm appointments, send people money, contact physical businesses, and much more.
No matter what kind of business or organization you operate, chatbots offer many benefits:
- Save time and money by automating customer support.
- Collect information about your target audience and use that data to make improvements.
- Offer immediate responses to those with questions with a 100% response rate.
Website Security News
Thousands of security flaws found on UK government websites
Hundreds of UK government websites have serious security vulnerabilities, putting them at risk of being hijacked by hackers, according to an investigation by a team of security researchers. Of the 3220 domain names registered under the .gov.uk domain ending – encompassing everything from central government departments to local and district councils – 524 have unpatched vulnerabilities.
Facebook admits storing millions of passwords without encryption
Facebook has admitted that millions of user passwords were readable by its employees for years, after being stored in plain text on its internal servers, violating fundamental computer security practices. Pedro Canahuati, the company’s vice president of engineering, security, and privacy, said on Thursday that the blunder was uncovered during a routine security review in January.
“To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them,” Canahuati said in a blog post. But thousands of employees could have searched them.
Website Accessibility News
Ancient meets accessibility as Jerusalem makes Old City wheelchair-friendly
The Times of Israel
As part of the accessibility project, streets with massive paving stones were evened out, ramps and inclines were created, including into the area of the Western Wall, and hand bars were installed on staircases and difficult passages.
Developing tech for, and with, people with disabilities
The MIT Tech
Sixth annual Assistive Technologies Hackathon paired students with client co-designers to create innovative solutions to the everyday problems they face.
Another Divorce, Nonprofit-Style: This Time, at the Zoo
In yet another story of a split between a nonprofit and an organization acting in support of it, the Henry Vilas Zoological Society in Madison appears to be breaking up with the county-owned and operated Henry Vilas Zoo. The zoo in Dane County, Wisconsin, is on land owned by the county that was donated in 1904 by William and Anna Vilas to provide a public park in honor of their young son who died from diabetes complications. The donor intent for this gift was to provide a place for pleasure that would remain free to the public…Joe Parisi, county executive, sent a letter to the HVZS with his concerns that the HVZS is redirecting funds that the public thinks are used for the care of animals.
Membership Hack: Association StoryCorps
Maybe you’ve heard of StoryCorps, the nonprofit organization whose recorded audio conversations with everyday Americans are regularly featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. In 2017, the American Geophysical Union created its own StoryCorps community, giving members the ability to record and share personal accounts of their work in the Earth and space sciences.
Ethical choices regarding gifts have always been hard, but in the current dynamic of declining numbers of smaller donors, consciousness about the costs of overdependence on large grants has been brought into greater focus—the kind of focus that requires from all of us an active strategic point of view. Writing in the Washington Post, Lila Corwin Berman, professor of history and director of the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University, uses her knowledge of the world of Jewish philanthropy to illustrate the changes that have made wealthy individuals more powerful and nonprofit organizations less willing and able to say no to men like Steinhardt. She spotlights the loss of power for collective, community-based fundraising and its replacement by vehicles like private foundations as a sea change in the nonprofit fabric that has resulted in the current power structure.
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