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Thousands Across Web Pledge Moment of Silence To Honor Sandy Hook Elementary Victims

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, December 20 2012

Causes.com, and some of the crew who put together the anti-SOPA/PIPA protests early this year, have organized an online 'moment of silence' Friday morning to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Mass., and to focus attention to a national call for federal lawmakers to enact new rules to curb gun violence.

More than 100,000 individuals and groups have pledged through Causes to take a few moments Friday at 9.30 a.m. to remember the victims of the shooting, who would have been killed exactly a week ago. The operators of more than 200 Web sites are going to publicize the campaign by "going silent," at that time, and having a "National Moment of Silence" graphic pop up on their sites. The graphic features a link that takes Web surfers to a Causes page that tells them what else they can do to take action.

The project is just one of many that are under contemplation in the tech community as they mobilize to push federal action on gun control.

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