Harry, 14 other commissioners and three co-chairs will lead a six-month study on the state of American disinformation and disinformation.
Journalist Katie Couric, Color of Change president Rashad Robinson and Chris Krebs, former director of the US Agency for Cyber and Infrastructure Security, are the co-chairs.
“This information crisis is undermining confidence in our democratic institutions and directly strikes at the foundations of society,” Krebs said in a statement.
This is what Aspen, a leading nonprofit, wants to examine. The institute announced its Commission on Information Disorders in January with a mandate to develop “actionable public-private responses.”
Aspen’s plan calls for an interim report after about 60 days “that examines and frames the information disorder problem and prioritizes the most critical and urgent problems,” according to the institute, followed by a list of solutions and recommendations achievable in the fall.
The list of commissioners, released Wednesday morning, includes figures such as former Texas Congressman Will Hurd; Sue Gordon, former senior deputy director of national intelligence; and Kathryn Murdoch, Co-Founder and President of Quadrivium and Rupert’s daughter-in-law.
But surely the most notable name is Prince Harry, who has been in the public eye for the past few weeks thanks to his interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, sat down with Winfrey and explained their decision to step down from their senior positions in the British Royal Family and criticized the British press.
His own personal experiences with the media – especially with lies and nonsense spread about his own life – are likely to inform his contributions to the commission.
“As I said, today’s digital world experience has flooded us with an avalanche of disinformation, affecting our ability as individuals and societies to think clearly and truly understand the world in which we live, ”the Duke of Sussex said in a statement.
“I have no doubts that this is a humanitarian problem,” he said, “and as such it demands a multi-stakeholder response from spokespersons, members of the media, academic researchers and government and civil society leaders. eager to join this new Aspen commission and look forward to working on a solutions-oriented approach to the information disorder crisis.
The institute’s press release on Wednesday identified Prince Harry as one of three philanthropic leaders who will be part of the project. The other two are Murdoch – who is married to Rupert Murdoch’s son, James – and Marla Blow, the new president of the Skoll Foundation.
A week after Winfrey’s interview, Harry and Meghan announced several donations from their Archewell Foundation, including to news media startups.
And on Tuesday, Harry announced a new job, as CTO, working for Silicon Valley startup BetterUp as Director of Impact.
His role on the Aspen Commission is part-time. This will involve regular meetings, according to the institute. The commission is funded by Craig Newmark Philanthropies.
Krebs said in his statement that the commission strives to have a “diversity of views” and roles, “from elected officials and civic leaders to academic researchers and business leaders.”