Prince Harry joins Aspen Institute commission to look at country’s misinformation campaigns

Prince Harry has yet another new mission. This time he’s trying to put an end to the “avalanche of misinformation” in the digital world.

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The former working royal is now committed to stopping misinformation and disinformation from being spread online, and he’s joined Aspen Institute as part of its Commission on Information Disorder, CNN reported.

He and 14 other commissioners and three co-chairs will hold a six-month study on how inaccurate information spreads across the country.

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The co-chairs include journalist Katie Couric, Color of Change president Rashad Robinson and former director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Chris Krebs, CNN reported.

The group will start meeting next month and will discuss misinformation with outside experts, trying to develop “actionable public-private responses” for the Aspen Institute.

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The Aspen Institute announced the commission’s creation in January after the insurrection at the Capitol.

In the January announcement, the institute said, “Last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol provides a stark example of the real-life dangers that disinformation campaigns pose when they penetrate public discourse. These falsities have fragmented shared realities, with serious negative effects on issues from politics to business to health and safety. Over the next six months, the Commission on Information Disorder will develop both short- and long-term recommendations for how government, the private sector, and civil society should respond to and position themselves amid this modern-day crisis of faith in key institutions.”

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“America faces a crisis of information on multiple fronts. Disinformation isn’t just a news or social media problem. It can be literal life and death, as we’re seeing daily amid this pandemic and after last week’s events at the Capitol,” Krebs said in a news release. “We can’t ignore this problem without risking a pretty significant breakdown of democracy and civil society. Addressing and minimizing the threat from mis- and disinformation in daily life will require bringing everyone together — government, the private sector, and civil society — and I look forward to having the chance to do that at the Aspen Institute.”


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