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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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How Big Data Can be Used to Fight Unfair Hiring Practices

September 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Humans are fallible, biased creatures, and even the most well-intentioned hiring managers have a strong tendency to hire "look like me, act like me" candidates. Those unintended prejudices in recruitment—whether racial, gendered, or economic—are shortcomings that a growing number of big-data firms are hoping they can help solve with their ...

Why Are So Many People Getting Sentenced to Death in Houston?

September 24, 2014 Just 10 U.S. counties—roughly 0.3 percent of the nation's total—account for more than a quarter of all the American executions that have been carried out since 1976. Texas's Harris County, which includes Houston, is far and away the leader in executions during that period. That district has handed out 122 ...

Al-Qaeda's Former Spokesman Is Sentenced to Life in Prison

September 23, 2014 Federal authorities sentenced al-Qaida's spokesman to life in prison Tuesday for conspiring to kill Americans through his work with the terrorist organization. The Justice Department announced that Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, a close affiliate and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, had been sentenced in a Manhattan federal court to spend the ...

Federal Regulators Force Shutdown of Fake Bitcoin-Mining Operation

September 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A federal court has forced a Kansas-based company to cease selling computers that were marketed as able to produce bitcoin on grounds the company failed to deliver its technology in a timely or effective manner—costing consumers tens of millions of dollars. The order, filed last week in Missouri, comes at ...

The Voice of al-Qaida Was Just Sentenced to Life in Prison

September 23, 2014 Federal authorities sentenced al-Qaida's spokesman to life in prison Tuesday for conspiring to kill Americans through his work with the terrorist organization. The Justice Department announced that Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, a close affiliate and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, had been sentenced in a Manhattan federal court to spend the ...

Home Depot Announces Hackers Stole 56 Million Credit and Debit Cards

September 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Home Depot announced on Thursday that 56 million credit and debit cards were impacted by a recent hack of its systems, a number that exceeds the 40 million payment cards stolen from Target last year. "We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and anxiety this has caused, and want ...

Congress to Decide Whether to Tax Your Internet

September 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Uncle Sam may start charging you for the right to access the Internet. Or you might soon find yourself paying a sales tax on purchases made at online retailers like Amazon and eBay. Depending on whom you ask, the two issues are either completely unrelated or close cousins. The first ...

Attention, Defense Contractors: You've Been Hacked

September 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow China committed about 20 cyberattacks across a year-long period on defense contractors working with the government agency responsible for the transportation of military forces and equipment, according to a newly declassified Senate report. The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday released the findings of an investigation into the computer intrusions ...

FBI's Facial-Recognition Technology Goes Live

September 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FBI's futuristic identification powers are ready for prime time. The Next Generation Identification System, a controversial biometric database that relies heavily on facial-recognition technology, is now fully operational, the agency announced Monday. The program is designed to help law-enforcement officials identify criminal suspects, but it has endured repeated scrutiny ...

Obama’s Deadline To Reform NSA’s Spying Powers Is Extended Again

September 15, 2014 In the face of congressional inaction, a federal court Friday renewed an order allowing the government to collect phone records on virtually all calls within the United States. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the Justice Department's request for another 90-day extension of the National Security Agency's controversial mass-surveillance program, ...