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MAJOR WEBSITES WILL GO DARK AT 9:30AM EST ON 12-21-12

Posted by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM
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http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/20/tech/web/moment-of-silence-online/


Websites to go dark for Sandy Hook moment of silence

Heather Kelly, CNN

(CNN) -- Some major websites will go dark for one minute Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET as part of a national moment of silence for the victims of last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

It's unclear how widespread participation will be online, but more than 100,000 people and sites have pledged to participate on the Causes.com page for the Web Goes Silent campaign. People and companies are also spreading the word by tweeting their intention to go quiet with the hashtag #momentforSandyHook.

High-profile Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ron Conway is working hard to promote the online moment of silence, which is part of a larger campaign for federal gun control legislation. Conway is leading the Causes.com campaign along with other big names including Ryan Seacrest, Jack Dorsey, Britney Spears, MC Hammer, Suze Orman and Tyler Florence.

Causes.com is a startup that uses social media to raise awareness and funds for charities and causes. Conway is also an investor in the for-profit company.

Any site that wants to participate in Friday's moment of silence can do so on its own, or it can embed an official badge with a green ribbon on its site. At webmomentofsilence.org, companies can sign up to receive a bit of JavaScript that will make the process easier. Sites using the code will appear grayed out in the background with a white box in the foreground that reads "We are observing a National Moment of Silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy."

Conway joined other tech notables and some celebrities to demand action for stronger gun control in a full-page ad in the Wednesday print edition of the New York Times. The ad was run by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a lobbying group of more than 700 U.S. mayors. It started the Demand A Plan campaign to reform gun laws after the Aurora, Colorado, shootings in July, and it has seen a surge in new support after the Sandy Hook shootings.

This is not the first time major sites have banded together to go dark for a cause. This year, major tech names staged an immense and successful online protest against the Stop Online Privacy Act.

                                                         
                                          
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notjstanothrmom
by Ruby Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM
That is also the statewide moment of silence here in CT as well. :(
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BEXi
by BEXi on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Aw I wanted to share.. I dont want people freaking out. Tomorrow is going to be a LONG day.

Quoting notjstanothrmom:

That is also the statewide moment of silence here in CT as well. :(


                                                         
                                          
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Lydlou02
by Gold Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM
That could freak a lot of ppl out. Websites going down on the solstice, when the end of the world is predicted.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Man that is still so hard to believe and so very heartbreaking. :'( I will be doing my own moment of silence at 9:30 and praying for the victims families.
Dreamscape1014
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I still can't believe this happened :(
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM

I wonder if they'll allow them to come back up.

BEXi
by BEXi on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Yeah thats why I wanted to share.. and Denver testing sirens tomorrow? Great day to test sirens lol

Quoting Lydlou02:

That could freak a lot of ppl out. Websites going down on the solstice, when the end of the world is predicted.


                                                         
                                          
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BEXi
by BEXi on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

What do you mean?

Quoting Anonymous:

I wonder if they'll allow them to come back up.


                                                         
                                          
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littlecolton07
by Rebecca on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM
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That's really gonna freak some people out. That's cool that those companies are doing that though.

jazzy411
by Jazmyne Lee on Dec. 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Is cafemom going to do that too?
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