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Residents fly out of Rockford airport for warmer weather this Thanksgiving

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Residents fly out of Rockford airport for warmer weather this Thanksgiving

ROCKFORD, Illinois (WTVO) — The American Automobile Administration (AAA) expects 53.4 million Americans to travel over the Thanksgiving weekend, up 13% from last year.

Several travelers who spoke to Eyewitness News on Wednesday said they were trying to escape to a warmer place.

Stephanie Ulva, her husband, and her two children, Harper and Edwin, were all packed and ready to take off at Chicago Rockford International Airport this morning.

“They have five pools,” she said of her destination in Arizona. “We’re going to the zoo and we’re going to see friends and family and hang out at their home.”

Passengers at the airport queued early this morning to catch a flight out of the city.

Russ Yager, from Lena, said, “I go to warm weather, play a lot of golf, and spend time with my wife and family.”

Dixon resident Catie Cox said today was the first time she and her family had traveled for Thanksgiving.

“We’ve never traveled for Thanksgiving. We’ve always stayed at home, so this is new to us,” she said. “I think we’ll just chill. I think we both rented AirBnBs. We’re going to hang out as a big extended family and hang out in warm weather.”

Many people said they flew to do activities they can’t do locally, while others said they went home to spend time with family.

“We’re going to dock on one of the rivers, high up in the mountains, and maybe we’ll go horseback riding in the mountains, lots of swimming in the pool, lots of sun and beer,” said Kathy Schaefer.

“Mainly see friends, but we go to Scottsdale and Phoenix and a few suburbs. I think we’re going to go to Mesa and we’re going on a trip to do some hiking and see some sites, yay!” said Ulva.

“We’re bringing the whole family together. We have a very large family, so we are excited. It’s the first time in six years that my siblings are coming to Illinois, so it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Keith Schuler.

According to AAA, approximately 48.3 million people will also hit the road.

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First Ohio Vax-2-School Scholarship Lottery Winners Announced Monday

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First Ohio Vax-2-School Scholarship Lottery Winners Announced Monday

Starting Monday, the names will be chosen in the Ohio Vax-2-School scholarship lottery. The Vax-2-School program is a new vaccination promotion program for young people. The vaccine lottery is open to anyone aged 5 to 25 who is already fully vaccinated or newly vaccinated individuals who have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. Five people win a $100,000 scholarship and 150 people win a scholarship of $10,000, officials announced. Those scholarships are awarded in Ohio 529 College Advantage plans, good for any state college, university, career program, or technical program. registering for daily draws was Sunday, but you have until December 1st to enter the main prize draw is December 1st. You must register to win, and children under 17 must be registered by a parent or guardian. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Daily prize winners will be announced on Twitter and Instagram at @ohiovax2school and on ohiovax2school.com from November 29 through Dec 2nd. Grand prize winners will be announced in the raffle broadcast at 7:29 PM EDT on December 2.

Starting Monday, the names will be chosen in the Ohio Vax-2-School scholarship lottery.

The Vax-2-School program is a new vaccination incentive program for young people.

The vaccine lottery is open to anyone aged 5 to 25 who has already been fully vaccinated or newly vaccinated individuals who have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Five people will win a $100,000 scholarship and 150 people will win a $10,000 scholarship, officials announced.

Those scholarships are awarded in Ohio 529 College Advantage plans, good for any state college, university, career program, or technical program.

The deadline to enter for daily draws was Sunday, but you have until December 1st to enter the main prize draw is December 1st.

You must register to win, and children under 17 must be registered by a parent or guardian.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Daily prize winners will be announced on Twitter and Instagram at @ohiovax2school and on ohiovax2school.com from November 29 through December 2.

The top prize winners will be announced on December 2 at 7:29 PM EDT during the raffle broadcast.

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Indian Parliament calls on Facebook India officials to discuss citizens’ rights and women’s safety

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Indian Parliament summons Facebook India officials to discuss citizens’ rights and Women’s safety

Last year, former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang published a memo describing how Facebook is being used to influence global politics. She spoke about advanced systems in India used to influence the 2020 Delhi elections, along with similar systems in other developing countries around the world. Now, following her memo and a recent controversy surrounding Facebook’s policies and impact on politics, Parliament has called on Facebook India officials to discuss women’s civil rights and security.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology (IT) will be held on Nov. 29, with Congress leader Shashi Tharoor appointed as its chairman.

“To hear the views of Facebook India representatives on protecting civil rights and preventing the abuse of social/online news media platforms, including special emphasis on women’s safety in the digital space,” the committee’s agenda read.

Parliament calls on Facebook India officials to discuss citizens' rights and women's safety

Treating Social Media Like Publishers

Currently, our laws treat social media platforms as content intermediaries, and this approach has not done much to regulate the type of content that is published and distributed. With hate speech and fake news attributed to numerous municipal incidents across the country, the parliamentary panel set up last week to examine the impact of such platforms concluded they need a separate regulatory body, similar to the Press Council of India.

This will make the platforms more liable for user-generated content – ​​something companies like Facebook and Twitter don’t want to take any responsibility for. In addition, as more and more consumers in tier-2 and tier-3 cities use smartphones and set up social media accounts, data protection itself has become a widespread government concern. With this in mind, the Personal Data Protection Act, 2019, may be revised to protect non-personal data from misuse by such companies.

Treating Social Media Like Publishers

What about the Metaverse?

While the Indian government is moving in the right direction in protecting its citizens, there is certainly a much bigger threat on the horizon – the Metaverse. As people move into virtual realities and build lives there, today’s data protection and privacy laws may eventually become meaningless. Imagine controlling factual experiences that influence public opinion, transforming people from subscribers to one political ideology to completely opposite. Now imagine this happening so subtly that you barely have time to reassess your values.

If companies like Meta want to make virtual worlds accessible to Indian citizens, they need to provide transparency about how they will use customer data.

Also read: Facebook to protect famous people, while stomping on the crowd

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