Internet Luminaries Call for Moment of Virtual Silence for Newtown Victims

By Cameron Scott 

Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy has called for a moment of silence this Friday at 9:30 Eastern in memory of the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week, and tech VIPs and celebrities are promoting a related event online.

Industry leaders Ron Conway, an angel investor and the head of San Francisco’s new tech chamber of commerce,, Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Napster pioneer Sean Parker are teaming up with celebrities including Britney Spears, MC Hammer and Joe Montana to push for five minutes of virtual silence to accompany the Connecticut event.

Many of the event’s supporters also signed on to a full-page ad in the New York Times demanding stricter gun laws.

A Causes petition asks users to “spend several minutes reflecting quietly on this terrible tragedy and take a five minute pause from all online activity.”

“We must come together around common-sense solutions that will prevent the gun violence that has become all too frequent in communities across the country. 2013 is the year to take meaningful action; observing this moment of silence on Friday, we can signal our resolve to stop senseless deaths like these from happening again,” the organizers said.

They’re encouraging supporters to use social media to promote the event as well. Twitter users can employ the hashtag #momentforSandyHook to share information about the moment of virtual silence. And website owners can use the badge below to indicate that plan to participate in the unusual event.

More than 100,000 users have already signed on to the petition.

Moment of Silence for Sandy Hook Victims on Dec. 21