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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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Rubio Doubles Down on NSA Surveillance Ahead of 2016

January 27, 2015 Sen. Marco Rubio wants Congress to permanently extend the authorities governing several of the National Security Agency's controversial spying programs, including its mass surveillance of domestic phone records. The Florida Republican and likely 2016 presidential hopeful penned an op-ed on Tuesday condemning President Obama's counterterrorism policies and warning that the ...

Marco Rubio Wants to Permanently Extend NSA Mass Surveillance

January 27, 2015 Sen. Marco Rubio wants Congress to permanently extend the authorities governing several of the National Security Agency's controversial spying programs, including its mass surveillance of domestic phone records. The Florida Republican and likely 2016 presidential hopeful penned an op-ed on Tuesday condemning President Obama's counterterrorism policies and warning that the ...

De Blasio to Uber: Surge Pricing During the Blizzard Is Illegal

January 26, 2015 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has a clear message to ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft: Don't raise your prices during the coming snowstorm. "If you have any evidence—if you happen to take, for example, for-hire vehicles or have any evidence of people taking advantage of this ...

Drone Crashes Onto South Lawn of the White House

January 26, 2015 A small drone crashed at the White House complex early Monday morning, according to the Associated Press. The Secret Service is currently investigating the apparent intrusion of a four-rotor quad copter, a commercially available small unmanned aircraft, that crashed on the southeast side of the White House. President Obama and ...

Drone Crashes on White House Lawn

January 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A small drone crashed at the White House complex early Monday morning, according to The Associated Press. The Secret Service is currently investigating the apparent intrusion of a four-rotor quad copter, a commercially available small unmanned aircraft, that crashed on the southeast side of the White House. President Obama and ...

USPTO Leverages Big Data Tools to Comb Through Patents

January 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If President Obama's pick to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has an opinion on how Congress should move forward on patent reform, she's not sharing it. Michelle Lee has repeatedly stated this week that lawmakers have a role to play in curbing so-called patent trolling—the act of filing ...

Obama Nominee Stays Mum on Fighting Patent Trolls

January 22, 2015 If President Obama's pick to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has an opinion on how Congress should move forward on patent reform, she's not sharing it. Michelle Lee has repeatedly stated this week that lawmakers have a role to play in curbing so-called patent trolling—the act of filing ...

Watch a Drone Fly Around—and Crash—During a Congressional Hearing

January 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congressional hearings tend to be staid affairs, but on Wednesday some lawmakers got to watch a drone take flight—and then crash into the floor. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee's hearing on the integration of commercial drones took an unusual turn when Colin Guinn, senior vice president of sales ...

Snowden: France’s 'Intrusive' Surveillance Laws Failed to Stop Paris Attacks

January 21, 2015 Edward Snowden is pointing to the recent terrorist attacks in France as evidence that government mass-surveillance programs don't work because they are "burying people under too much data." "When we look at the Paris attacks specifically, we see that France passed one of the most intrusive, expansive surveillance laws in ...

Obama Pledges to Release Report on NSA Spying Reforms

January 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Tuesday promised in his State of the Union address to reveal new updates next month about his administration's efforts to rein in the National Security Agency's mass-surveillance programs. "As Americans, we cherish our civil liberties—and we need to uphold that commitment if we want maximum cooperation from ...