Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.
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The Internet as Enlightenment 2.0

November 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internet is proof that John Locke was right and Thomas Hobbes was wrong, says Bertrand de La Chapelle, program director of the International Diplomatic Academy in Paris and a board member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The Internet's relatively ungoverned space hasn't given way to...

White House defends We the People petition responses

November 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House took umbrage Thursday with comments and blog posts claiming it hasn't taken its responses to petitions posted on its new We the People website seriously. "Every petition that reaches the threshold is put through a review process that begins with the policy experts who deal in the...

For a Few Mhz more: Spectrum and Emergency Responders

November 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What could emergency responders do with a little more spectrum, a lot more money and a healthy assist from modern technology? To begin with, they could set up effortless communication between local emergency responders and out-of-towners who are called in for a major disaster but whose equipment works on a...

NIST releases cloud computing roadmap

November 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government should establish common cloud computing products and services standards so agencies can easily shift their business to a new provider if their current vendor isn't meeting their needs, a government technology reviewer said Tuesday. Without those standards, agencies may invest in major cloud programs that are quickly made...

Who's Tweeting in Zimbabwe?

November 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A State Department blog post has been making the Twitter rounds recently describing how U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray used social media to engage Zimbabwean youth and counter anti-American propaganda. The first three paragraphs of Ray's blog post are in the never too old to start Tweeting vein, describing...

Former e-gov administrator launches cloud best practices site

November 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government plan to save 15 percent to 20 percent of the federal information technology budget through cloud computing is an achievable goal, the nation's former e-government administrator told Nextgov on Tuesday. But those savings can be realized only if agencies commit to reforming the way they manage data and...

A Thousand Cuts

November 1, 2011 President Obama's war on waste won't make much of a dent in the deficit. But can it still make a difference? In his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1981 story "The Federal Bureaucracy," Associated Press reporter Saul Pett painted the government as an amorphous mass, impossible to tame or organize, an all-encompassing swamp...

Down on the Levee

November 1, 2011 New app fine-tunes flood damage assessments for Ted Streckfuss and the Army Corps' Omaha District. Army Corps of Engineers flood inspection teams used to scribble down detailed directions to where they'd found seepage in a levee or turbid water on the landward side of a dike. But times have changed...

White House responds to marijuana and God petitions

October 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After using its first official We the People petition response to advance a minor policy shift to reduce student loan debt, the White House is now getting to the larger share of online petitions that won't launch policy changes. In a blanket response emailed Friday evening to signers of eight...

White House responds to marijuana and God petitions

October 31, 2011 After using its first official We the People petition response to advance a minor policy shift to reduce student loan debt, the White House is now getting to the larger share of online petitions that won't launch policy changes. Read the whole story at

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