Second job in a day: Prince Harry will fight fakes in the USA
Expressing concern about the "avalanche of misinformation" in the digital world, Prince Harry has joined the new Aspen Institute's Commission on Information Riot. Writes about it CNN.
Harry, 14 other panelists and three co-chairs will conduct a six-month US disinformation survey.
It is co-chaired by journalist Katie Couric, president of Color of Change Rashad Robinson, and Chris Krebs, former director of the US Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency.
“This information crisis undermines confidence in our democratic institutions and strikes at the very foundations of society,” Krebs said in a statement.
What will be studied
In January, the institute announced the creation of a Commission on Information Riot with a mandate to develop "an effective public and private sector response."
The Commission will begin meeting in April and will conduct a series of briefings with the involvement of outside experts.
The institute's plan envisages the creation of an interim report in about 60 days, "which analyzes and formulates the problem of information security breaches, and identifies the priorities of the most critical and urgent issues," and then will provide a list of effective solutions and recommendations in the fall.
The commission's roster includes prominent figures such as former Texas congressman Will Heard, as well as Sue Gordon, former chief deputy director of national intelligence, and Catherine Murdoch, co-founder and president of Quadrivium.
But by far the most prominent name is Prince Harry, who has been in the spotlight in recent weeks thanks to an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, explained their decision to step down from leadership roles in the British royal family and criticized the British press.
His personal experience with the media, especially with spreading lies and nonsense about his own life, is likely to influence his contribution to the commission.
“As I said, the experience of today's digital world has flooded us with an avalanche of misinformation affecting our ability as individuals and societies to think clearly and truly understand the world we live in,” said the Duke of Sussex. “I believe this is a humanitarian issue, so it requires a multilateral response from human rights defenders, media representatives, academic researchers, as well as government and civil society leaders. I look forward to joining this new commission. ”
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In a press release from the institute, Prince Harry is named one of three leaders who will be involved in the project. The other two are Murdoch, married to Rupert Murdoch's son James, and Marla Blow, the new president of the Skoll Foundation.
A week after interview with Oprah Winfrey Harry and Megan announced several donations from their Archewell Foundation, including for the news media.
And on March 24 Harry announced a new job as a CTO at Silicon Valley startup BetterUp as director of engagement.
His role on the Aspen Commission is part-time. According to the Institute, these will be regular meetings. The Commission is funded by Craig Newmark Philanthropies.
Krebs said the commission seeks to have "a variety of perspectives" and roles - "from elected officials and community leaders to academic researchers and corporate leaders."
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