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Online Publishers Plan a Moment of Silence for Sandy Hook Victims

Petition urges those on the Web to observe and abstain from email, social networks

Last January during the SOPA debates in Washington, many publishers and websites joined forces to black out their Web pages for a cause. Tomorrow, there's a similar plan for a much different, more poignant cause.

One week after the unspeakable shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a national moment of silence has been planned at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Using the activist site Causes.com, more than 115,000 have pledged to observe the moment of silence, including celebrities and Web personalities from MC Hammer to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey. 

Creators have requested that the moment of silence apply to the Web as well, and a second site, webmomentofsilence.org, is urging those wishing to honor the victims to spend the moment of silence reflecting and refraining from checking email or the Internet. Webmomentofsilence.org is also offering a set of javascript code that will automatically allow a website to "go silent" at 9:30 a.m. Sites that are participating will see their pages darkened with a foreground banner that reads, "We are observing a national moment of silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy."

It's unclear exactly how many major publishers plan to participate and "silence" their pages. Here, however, is a list of the larger publishers/sites participating:

HuffingtonPost
ESPN
Foursquare
Adobe
TechCrunch
Gilt
AOL
PandoDaily
Duke University
digg
Patch
Turntable.fm
Jawbone
Kno
Betaworks
Getclever
Neighborland
Fancyhands
Smugmug

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