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Internet safety initiative launched for LGBT community

WASHINGTON — The LGBT Technology Partnership, a nonpartisan, non-profit organization focused on ensuring that the implementation of public policies address the unique technological needs of LGBT communities, today announced a new collaboration with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) beginning with the joint launch of a series of cybersecurity tips to encourage greater awareness about cybersecurity and safety issues affecting the LGBT community.

The NSCA, in collaboration with government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, educates and empowers digital citizens to use the Internet securely and safely to protect themselves, the technology they use and the digital assets we all share.

“We are excited about our partnership with NSCA and disseminating LGBT specific tips about staying safer online,” said Christopher Wood, LGBT Technology Partnership co-founder.

“Studies show that LGBT communities are often the earliest adopters of new technology. The LGBT Technology Partnership’s mission is to make sure LGBT communities are aware of the significant benefits but also the underlying challenges that come with the early adoption of new technologies. We are working with organizations like NSCA to make technological experiences safer for all our communities.”

This collaborative effort includes working with the NCSA to incorporate STOP. THINK. CONNECT. messaging into an LGBT cyber education toolkit with fact sheets, tip sheets and posters. Both organizations will also hold joint Twitter Chat events about LGBT cyber safety issues including one in June during LGBT Pride Month. More information about NCSA/LGBT Technology Partnerships joint efforts is available HERE.

“The Internet pervades our daily lives like never before and for specific populations such as the LGBT community, the Web is an integral tool to organize and stay connected,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “We believe that everyone in the world with access to the Internet should be well educated about the importance of online safety. At the same time, with the LGBT communities typically among the ranks as the earliest adopters of new technologies, we’re excited to offer a more tailored awareness effort to members of this community.”

Facts about LGBT communities and Technology

There is an increased need for ongoing cybersecurity education in LGBT communities through awareness initiatives. Past research has shown that an increased focus on cyber security awareness in the LGBT community is a necessity in a society where:

· 59% of gay men and 58% of lesbians are more likely to say they rely on technology to help manage their hectic lifestyles (2012 LGBT Community Survey, Community Marketing Inc.)

· 27% of gay men, (mainly ages 18 to 29) and 18% of lesbians are early adopters of new technology products within their peer lifestyle networks (2012 LGBT Community Survey, Community Marketing Inc.)

· Smartphone ownership among gay and lesbian consumers is almost a third more likely than that found in the national average lifestyle with 87% compared to 62% of the national average (2012 LGBT Community Survey, Community Marketing Inc.)

· 90% of LGBT students have experienced some form of bullying at school (It Gets Better Campaign and Stop Bullying Now!)

· “meeting online is now dramatically more common among same-sex couples than any way of meeting has ever been for heterosexual or same-sex couples in the past.” (Stanford University study How Couples Meet and Stay Together)

For more details about the new partnership or LGBT cyber education materials, visit HERE.

About LGBT Technology Partnership

The LGBT Technology Partnership encourages the continued early adoption and use of cutting-edge, new and emerging technologies by providing information, education and strategic outreach for LGBT communities. We are a national, nonpartisan group of LGBT organizations and high technology companies whose mission is to engage with critical technology and public policy leaders for strategic discussion at all levels. The Partnership ensures that cable, telecommunications and high technology issues of specific concern to LGBT communities are addressed in public policy conversations. Visit HERE. for additional information, follow us on Twitter @LGBTTech and like us on Facebook.

About The National Cyber Security Alliance

The National Cyber Security Alliance is a non-profit organization. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, the mission of the NCSA is to educate and empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely protecting themselves and the technology they use and the digital assets we all share. NCSA board members include: ADP, AT&T, Bank of America, Comcast, EMC Corporation, ESET, Facebook, Google, Intel, McAfee, Microsoft, PayPal, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Symantec, Trend Micro, Verizon and Visa. Visit HERE. for more information and join us on HERE.Facebook.