Time Warner Cable Joins RIT’s Cyber Safety Efforts

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Time Warner Cable of Rochester has assumed a key leadership position in the Rochester Institute of Technology-led Rochester Regional Cyber Safety and Ethics Initiative, a community effort to enhance child safety on the Internet.

In addition to assuming a position on the initiative’s executive committee, Time Warner Cable has donated $100,000 in cash and in-kind donations to aid the initiative’s efforts. This includes managing the initiative’s Web site.

“Time Warner’s efforts will go a long way toward helping us achieve our goal of creating a safer environment for kids while they surf the Internet,” says Sam McQuade, graduate program coordinator at RIT’s Center for Multidisciplinary Studies and founder of the initiative.

Time Warner believes the initiative is doing valuable work.

“Time Warner Cable looks forward to playing an integral role in the communication and education of the findings from these programs. The research and close relationship this effort builds between leading cyber safety experts and administrators in our local schools will provide valuable feedback to families regarding Internet safety and security,” says Terrence Rafferty, a Time Warner Cable division president.

Time Warner joins RIT, more than 20 area school districts and the regional offices of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Rochester Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s InfraGard Member Alliance as the initiative’s principle partners.

McQuade is in the process of completing extensive research into the nature and extent of cyber crime offense and victimization among local adolescents. Data will be released this spring.