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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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Government apps: Learning from industry

October 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A successful mobile app -- whether it aims to educate, aid or entertain -- has about 30 seconds to sell users on its utility and to make a solid case for why it should live on your phone rather than on a website or some other place, app designers and ...

Government apps: Learning from industry

October 3, 2011 Government agencies have had mixed success in the mobile app arena. We asked three private sector app developers to rate the overall effectiveness of a dozen federal agency apps, and developed an interactive graphic to describe their findings. See the rest at Nextgov.com.

Emerging Leaders

October 1, 2011 Young executives are taking their passion for public service to the top. As government grapples with seemingly intractable problems like shrinking budgets, overlapping missions and cumbersome processes from bygone days, there is some good news. Young leaders are stepping up to redefine the way federal agencies work through better technology, ...

U.S. government broadcaster expands use of social media in Middle East

September 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As social media becomes a primary tool for communication, organization and subversion across the Middle East, the U.S. government's foreign broadcasting arm is increasingly relying on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to communicate with its audience. The weekly program Eye on Democracy, which runs on the Arabic language Alhurra station, has ...

Listening to users: How VA developed its PTSD Coach mobile app

September 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Dr. Julia Hoffman wanted to build a mobile app to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, she went to the source: 80 residential PTSD patients at the Veterans Affairs Department Trauma Recovery Program in Palo Alto, Calif. The vets' top priority, they told her, was finding something to ...

Mineral, Va., quake?: 'Yeah, we felt it.'

September 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The once-a-century earthquake that shook the East Coast on Aug. 23 marked a milestone for the U.S. Geological Survey's decade-old Did You Feel It? earthquake report crowdsourcing page. Within hours of the quake that originated in Mineral, Va., the page had recorded more than 140,000 responses from as far north ...

Spy Agency to use Data Mining to Spot Emerging Technologies

September 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's office is launching a new research project aimed at spotting important emerging technologies before they reach their tipping point. The agency's idea is to get in on the ground floor of important new technologies to maintain an intelligence advantage over adversaries, according to a ...

Feds are bullish on government apps, but few have downloaded one

September 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Almost half of federal managers use a mobile software application more than once a day, but only 15 percent of federal smartphone users have ever downloaded a government-built app, according to a recent survey. About two-thirds of federal officials didn't know whether their agency had built or planned to build ...

Obama's Online Town Halls: Is it the Medium that Matters?

September 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After wading throughthousands of 140-charter-or-less Tweets and retweets lobbed at President Obama during July's Twitter Town Hall, there's something satisfying -- almost indulgent -- about reading the lengthy LinkedIn questions posted in advance of that social networking site's presidential town hall set for Monday. Tweets, by design, are straightforward, uncomplicated ...

Cuts to E-Gov fund could slow federal cloud transition

September 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Current funding levels for electronic government initiatives in the House and Senate Appropriations committees could cripple the government's ability to modernize federal information technology and thereby save money in the long run, a General Services Administration official told lawmakers Wednesday. That includes new security and certification projects aimed at helping ...