Meghan Markle & Prince Harry make new grants to organizations working to improve our digital community
We are constantly bombarded with hateful and polarized media and social media commentary, and it is increasingly more difficulty to sort out the real news from the fake. Meghan and Harry through their Archewell Foundation, have issued a couple of new charitable grants, re-committing themselves "to convening, bridging, and accelerating leaders, ideas, and solutions for an online community rooted in equity, safety, participation, and belonging."
In a statement released on their Archewell website Meghan and Harry admit that technology has changed how we all experience everyday life: connecting us and at times making our lives more productive.
Meghan and Harry also point out the down sides of increased use of social media and other technologies, including our lack of trust in the information we read and view, the safety and health of our kids being placed at risk, civil rights and human rights being threatened, and marginalized communities being targeted by a barrage of hate and vitriol.Meghan and Harry write, they feel that many of the underlying societal issues created by technology remain unaddressed. Hence their existing work with various organizations and academics working in the field such as the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2), Color Of Change and URL Media and now the new grants that Meghan and Harry announced this week to Cortico's (Community) Local Voices Network and The Institute of Rebooting Social Media at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
Meghan and Harry have said before and they reiterate in this week’s statement, that they believe new innovations in technology and media should "strengthen our communities, empower families, restore trust in information, and ensure that all of us can experience a better and safer world online."