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Dustin Volz

Dustin Volz Dustin Volz is a staff correspondent for National Journal covering tech policy. His work has previously appeared in The Washington Post, The Center for Public Integrity, and The Arizona Republic. Dustin is a graduate of Arizona State University and a publisher of Downtown Devil, a hyper-local news site serving the downtown Phoenix community. Before arriving at National Journal, Dustin spent nine months teaching English at a high school in Indonesia through a Fulbright scholarship.
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Guardian, Washington Post Win Pulitzers for Reporting on the NSA Leaks

April 14, 2014 The cadre of journalists who last year blew the lid off the National Security Agency's top-secret surveillance apparatus and ignited a roiling international debate over the proper scope of government spying have netted their papers the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the awards committee announced Monday. The Guardian and The ...

NSA Reportedly Exploited Heartbleed Bug For Spying Purposes

April 11, 2014 When it bleeds, it pours. The National Security Agency reportedly knew of and exploited the massive Internet bug revealed to the public this week and known now as "Heartbleed" in order to gather intelligence information on targets. This new revelation packs an extra twist that other recent NSA leaks have ...

NSA Reportedly Exploited Heartbleed Bug for Spying Purposes

April 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it bleeds, it pours. The National Security Agency reportedly knew of and exploited the massive Internet bug revealed to the public this week and known now as "Heartbleed" in order to gather intelligence information on targets. This new revelation packs an extra twist that other recent NSA leaks have ...

Feds to Facebook: Hands Off WhatsApp Data

April 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook's proposed $19 billion dollar purchase of WhatsApp just got hit with its first dose of regulatory red tape. The social-media giant must honor the prior "privacy obligations" that WhatsApp, a mobile chat client, had promised to its hundreds of millions of users before the deal was announced, the Federal ...

Edward Snowden Wins 'Truth-Teller' Award

April 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hero or traitor, Edward Snowden can now add one thing to his resume: award-winner. The former National Security Agency contractor-turned-fugitive will be awarded the 2014 Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize for his role in exposing intimate details of the government's sweeping surveillance programs, the awards committee announced Monday. Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, ...

Senators: Slow Hunt of Patent Trolls Isn't Gridlock. It's Genius.

April 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When fighting patent trolls, it's better to wait for a clean opening than to rush into a messy melee. That was the message conveyed by several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, as the panel took up patent reform for the second time in as many weeks—only to ...

Facebook Predicts Future Internet Powered by Drones and Lasers

March 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is envisioning a future where the Internet will be powered by "drones, satellites, and lasers." The billionaire announced in a blog post Thursday the creation of Facebook Connectivity Lab, a company division working with Internet.org to bring connectivity to those currently without access. "In our effort ...

How Google Responds to Search Warrants (in One Plain Language Stop Motion Video)

March 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google decided to have a little fun on Thursday with the release of its newest transparency report, turning to stop-motion animation to tell the tale of how the company processes government requests for user data. An amusing 3-minute video chronicles "in plain language" how the Silicon Valley company responds to ...

House Leaders Sideline Anti-NSA Lawmakers

March 26, 2014 Some of the most vocal critics of the National Security Agency in Congress believe they are being intentionally cut out of a looming debate on how to reform the agency's program that collects bulk telephone data. The House parliamentarian on Wednesday gave primary jurisdiction of a newly introduced bill that ...

Edward Snowden: NSA Reforms Mark 'A Turning Point'

March 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Edward Snowden came close to outright declaring victory Tuesday in his crusade against government spying, seizing on the White House's plan to end bulk collection of domestic phone records in its current state. "This is a turning point, and it marks the beginning of a new effort to reclaim our ...