Prince Harry will speak out against ‘the internet lie machine’ and ‘media propaganda’ at online summit organized by Wired magazine
- Prince Harry, 37, is to appear at a summit organised by Wired magazine
- The Duke of Sussex will speak in a session entitled ‘The Internet Lie Machine’
- He will speak on ‘the cost of the internet’ and ‘the line between fact and fiction’
- It is unknown how much the father-of-two will be paid for the appearance
The Duke of Sussex is set to speak out on the ‘internet lie machine’ at an event organized by Wired magazine next week.
Prince Harry, 37, who is currently living in his $14 million mansion in California having stepped back from royal duty last year, will speak in a session at the Re:Wired summit on November 9.
According to the online description, his session is called ‘The Internet Lie Machine’, with details reading: ‘As social media algorithms reward shock value over reality, as the line between fact and fiction weakens every day, as media propaganda and online hatred run rampant, we must ask: how did we get here and how do we get out of this mess?
‘We’ll hear from an expert authority on the rise of digital propaganda, a foremost civil rights advocate who understands the collision between misinformation and racial justice, and a global leader who is taking on misinformation in pursuit of a new era of truth.’
It is unknown what fee the Duke will receive for the appearance – last year, experts predicted he and Meghan, 40, could earn more than £1million each time they do a speech after signing up with an elite agency.
The Duke of Sussex, 37, is set to speak out on the ‘internet lie machine’ at an event organised by Wired magazine next week
The description of the event read: “What is the real cost of a lie on the internet—to ourselves, our communities, our societies?
Prince Harry, introduced as the co-founder of Archewell, will be among the three speakers at the event, alongside by Renée DiResta, technical research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, and Rashad Robinson, co-chair of the Aspen Commission on Information Disorder and president at Color Of Change.
According to its website, the summit will feature ‘a series of conversations between technologists and people who think hard about the consequences for those technologies on society, economics, sustainability and, ultimately, our future.’
The event takes place the same day his wife Meghan is set to appear at an online conference organised by the New York Times to discuss ‘women reaching economic and professional parity.’
Prince Harry, 37, who is currently living in his $14 million mansion in California having stepped back from royal duty last year, will speak in a session at the Re:Wired summit on November 9
Despite launching renewed attacks on the media, Prince Harry has continued to speak to outlets he and Meghan like, including giving extensive interviews to celebrity friends Dax Shepherd and Oprah Winfrey.
His latest appearance comes weeks after he used a live video message to launch an assault on the media and lecture on inequality in a surprise speech to VIPs including Piers Morgan hours after the ex-GMB host won a thumping victory for free speech over Meghan.
The Duke used his big screen speech beamed to the GQ Awards in London to blame ‘those who peddle in lies and fear’ in the ‘news media and social media’ for vaccine hesitancy.
Watching was MailOnline columnist Piers Morgan, who had just won a resounding victory for free speech after regulator Ofcom ruled he had not broken the broadcasting code for his comments on the Duchess of Sussex following her bombshell Oprah interview.
Speaking from the US, Harry, who referred to Britain as ‘our nation’ in his address, delivered a chiding speech urging governments to do more to vaccinate poorer countries, warning ‘until every community can access the vaccine and until every community is connected to trustworthy information about the vaccine, then we are all at risk’.
Prince Harry, introduced as the co-founder of Archewell, will be among the three speakers at the event (pictured, the online description of the event)
Speaking from his Montecito mansion more than 5,000 miles away from London last night, the beleaguered Prince lectured his star-studded London audience on ‘media misinformation’ and the importance of sharing vaccines. Harry later presented the Heroes of the Year Award to Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, Professor Catherine Green and the team behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
After being invited on the the stage by Harry, Professor Green told the crowd: ‘I promised Sarah I wouldn’t get too p***ed, and I promised I wouldn’t swear, but there was no f***ing chance of that because I’m so starstruck’. Harry’s live speech was at 11pm London time (3pm LA time), and Mr Morgan left the venue at around 11.15pm, after the duke had finished and handed out the award.
Mr Morgan’s ITV colleagues and a string of respected broadcasters hailed Ofcom’s ruling confirming his right to free speech after the watchdog dismissed 57,000 complaints about his criticism of Meghan Markle.
Senior British journalists have declared that the judgment meant a ‘pillar of our freedom’ in the UK had been ‘reinforced’.
Piers, who was at the GQ event with his wife, author Celia Walden, was sensationally cleared by Britain’s broadcast watchdog who backed his right to free speech after he said that he ‘didn’t believe a word’ of what Meghan told Oprah and challenged her claims of royal racism and suicidal thoughts.
The Sussexes did not comment on the judgment, but will have been infuriated by the result given Meghan complained to Ofcom herself and also to Mr Morgan’s boss at ITV, Dame Carolyn McCall. Meghan allegedly implored Dame Carolyn her to censure her critic as they were both ‘women and mothers’.
And earlier this summer, the Sussexes renewed their campaign against the British media after backing a fierce attack on the industry body that represents newspaper editors.
In July, Archewell, the couple’s campaign and media organisation, threw its support behind a group of journalists who accused the Society of Editors of a ‘ham-fisted blanket denial of racism’.
The move threatened to reignite the row sparked during the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, when Prince Harry claimed the UK tabloid media was ‘bigoted’ and created a ‘toxic environment’ of ‘control and fear’.
ITV, which bought the UK rights to the interview, was later forced to edit out some misleading and distorted headlines which portrayed British press coverage of the couple as racist.
The Duke and Duchess joined New York-based Harry Walker Agency, which represents the Obamas and the Clintons, las year.
PR expert Mark Borkowski told The Sun the pair will ‘clean up’. They plan to be available for talks on social issues including racial justice, gender equality, the environment and mental health, according to the LA Times.
‘I’m surprised they haven’t done this sooner. It will be one of the great income generators for them. The speaker’s circuit is a natural safe space for them to plunder,’ he added.
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