Why are people taking to Facebook to protest the Standing Rock pipeline?
Those who doubt the genuine usefulness and power of social media should take note of what is currently happening on Facebook with regard to the Standing Rock protests.
Standing Rock, North Dakota is a Native American reservation under threat from a proposed oil pipeline. Those who live on the land claim that the pipeline will affect their water supply as well as damaging sacred land. It is set to be completed in January, at 1,172 miles long and costing $3.7 billion.
Last week, 142 protesters were arrested, with police using pepper spray to disperse the crowds Local police – the Morton Country Sherriff’s Department – have allegedly taken to Facebook to identify protesters in order to locate and arrest them. However, those unable to protest in person have taken a stand against this tactic, checking in from all over the world to confuse the system and, more importantly, the authorities.
The message has been shared across the Facebook, starting with protest pages like Stand Against Dakota Access Pipeline. Morton County Sherriff’s Department’s official Facebook page has posted its own response, claiming that it does not follow check-ins; whether or not this is true, the issue shows the power of social networking to spread important news that may never otherwise be reported internationally. While this pipeline will go on regardless, the international outrage caused by Standing Rock and the environmental impact of the work could alter the course of similar projects in the future.
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Ivy.ai’s new chatbot streamlines resources and policies
Ivy.ai, a creator of AI chatbots for higher education, is offering a chatbot that helps institutions streamline name, image, and likeness policies for athletic programmes.
This solution will allow athletic departments to dramatically reduce inbound inquiries while answering inquiries related to compliance, financial aid impact, how-to documents, and best practice training videos.
It will allow institutions to condense information in a way that is easily accessible and eliminates the need for student-athletes to read complicated manuals. Institutions can also engage with student-athletes via a real-time feedback loop to see which topics truly matter and what needs further clarification. This allows administrators to be proactive and provide a competitive edge in recruiting.
Helping institutions connect their students with information
“Athletic departments at colleges and universities are overwhelmed by the challenges posed by the name, image and likeness legislation,” said Mary Frances Coryell, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Partnership.
“Ivy.ai is uniquely positioned in the market to help institutions connect their student-athletes with policies and information related to NIL such as state laws, restrictions and relevant contacts. Our chatbot can digest all relevant policy information and provide answers to student-athletes at any time on any device. We expect the NIL market to move quickly, so student-athletes deserve the answers on their terms, rather than exclusively during work hours.”
Primary use cases for the chatbot include:
- Answering commonly asked questions related to name, image and likeness
- Communicate policies such as state laws, restrictions and compliance regulations
- Provide contact information for various advisors and agencies
- Connect training materials for athletes to improve their branding
- Engage in two-way reactive and proactive communication to keep policies student-centric
Back in March 2020, the company offered schools a free COVID-19 Response System, including a customisable COVID-19 Response Bot, a human-to-human live chat system and an SMS Text platform. These services are offered completely free of charge.
"The customisable COVID-19 Response Bot will help schools connect their students with important information, such as the school's operational status, where to go for treatment, and what to do to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We already added that information to all of our clients' AI chatbots, and we found that in many cases students needed additional support. That's why we're including our human-to-human Live Chat system in this offer. The SMS Text platform can be used to drive awareness to this communications channel for your students." said Mark McNasby, CEO of Ivy.ai.