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Web Goes Silent campaign encourages blackout for Sandy Hook victims

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Some major websites are planning to go dark for one minute Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET as part of the national moment of silence to remember the victims of last week’s elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

More than 100,000 people and sites have pledged to participate in the Web Goes Silent campaign started by Causes.com.

Some of the participating sites include foursquare, Huffington Post, E! Online, Funny or Die and Adobe.

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.

Any site that wants to participate can get a piece of JavaScript from webmomentofsilence.org that makes the process easier. The script will not blackout the site completely, but grey 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 tradgey.”

Sites are also encouraged to place a green ribbon somewhere on the homepage.

This is not the first time websites have decided to go dark for a cause. This summer, major tech names staged a blackout to protest the Stop Online Privacy Act.