One week after the Newtown massacre, Patch and much of the Web world will go dark briefly at 9:30 Friday morning to join in the tribute to the kids and teachers.
Patch is among the many websites which will display a tribute to victims of the Sandy Hook
shooting over their sites tomorrow, Friday, at 9:30 a.m.
According to Patch's sister site Techcrunch, the online campaign was
inspired by a call for a moment of silence by Connecticut’s governor -
and follows a coalition of tech leaders calling for more gun control
The awareness strategy seems inspired by the SOPA
[Stop Online Piracy Act] website blackouts from January. Instead of
completely blocking functionality of participating websites, though, the
tribute message can be closed to resume normal browsing. Alternatively,
people can click a link in the message to find out what else they can
do to aid the campaign.
The moment of silence on websites will coincide with one across
social media sites. Over 100,000 people have pledged not to tweet or
post to Facebook, including Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Britney
Spears, Suze Orman, Tyler Florence, Goldie Hawn, and Joe Montana.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also ordered the state to observe the
same moment of silence, and has asked that state buildings that have the
capacity to ring their bells 26 times during to observance in memory of
the victims. Many Long Island fire departments and churches are slated
to participate in the bell ringing.
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