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Harry and Meghan’s foundation announces new philanthropic grants

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s charity has announced it is investing in more organizations that have “taken the lead in improving our digital community”.

Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Foundation has awarded ‘philanthropic grants’ to a project aimed at giving voice to local communities, and further academic research funding aimed at addressing the ‘challenges and opportunities of social media’.

The charity said on its website: “The Archewell Foundation believes that new technological and media innovations should strengthen our communities, empower families, restore trust in information and ensure that all of us – especially our children and grandchildren – can have a better and safer world online.

“That’s why today we’re announcing a series of philanthropic grants to organizations that have taken the initiative to improve our digital community.”

The foundation said it is investing in the organization Cortico’s Local Voices Network, a collaboration with MIT’s Center for Constructive Communication, where groups of participating people’s conversations about their lives are recorded.

Software is used to allow researchers to analyze the topics and issues being discussed and thus provide a platform for people whose voices might not be considered in decision-making.

The foundation also supports the Institute for Rebooting Social Media, a new three-year initiative from Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, which aims to address pressing social media concerns, such as speeches by hate and misinformation.

The charity supports the institution’s new fellowship program which will bring together experts and new innovators from diverse backgrounds to collaborate on impact-oriented projects that address social media challenges and opportunities.