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Joseph Marks

Senior Correspondent Joseph Marks covers cybersecurity for Nextgov. He previously covered cybersecurity for Politico, intellectual property for Bloomberg BNA and federal litigation for Law360. He covered government technology for Nextgov during an earlier stint at the publication and began his career at Midwestern newspapers covering everything under the sun. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown University.
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Leave 'Em Laughing: U.S. Embassy in Syria Posts Cartoon to Facebook

February 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Embassy in Damascus' only statement to Syrian citizens since pulling up stakes in what appears to be a nascent civil war is...a cartoon. The State Department evacuated the Damascus embassy Monday amid rising violence between Arab Spring protesters and President Basher Assad's regime. It wasn't clear at the...

One-Fifth of Americans Getting Campaign News on Facebook

February 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been updated to correct a statistic about newspapers as a source of election news About 20 percent of Americans are learning something about the presidential campaign on Facebook, compared with 42 percent who are getting some election news from their local daily newspapers, according to a study...

No easy answers on Twitter's new censorship policy

February 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The headline and opening paragraphs of this story were changed to more accurately characterize the sources' positions on the issue. Experts were split Tuesday on whether Twitter's new policy to allow country-specific censorship represents a fundamental failure to protect free speech, is simply the price of doing business globally, or...

U.S. could maintain virtual presence in Syria

February 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The closing of the U.S. embassy in Damascus on Monday in response to escalating violence may not mean an end to the State Department's virtual ties with Syria, experts told Nextgov. Even from outside the country, State officials could continue to interact with Syrian citizens on Facebook and Twitter, they...

Social media aids diplomacy, disaster response

February 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. embassies used to pass important security alerts to Americans abroad through word of mouth, Janice Jacobs, assistant secretary of State for consular affairs, said Friday. Embassy consular sections relayed those warnings, called "warden messages" through pre-organized phone trees or by actually knocking on doors, she said. Later, embassies began...

Shared services require a solid business case, IT leaders say

February 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The key to developing a successful shared services strategy is figuring out where pooling resources can bring the greatest benefit and making a solid business case for it, government information technology leaders said Thursday. If executives aim too high, the IT leaders said, they'll be stymied by agencies and divisions...

Data Dreams

February 1, 2012 The government launched its massive data set trove Data.gov in 2009 with a clear mission: to put information the government was gathering anyway into the hands of private sector and nonprofit Web and mobile app developers. Once that data was out, the White House imagined, developers would set about turning...

Tech Roundup

February 1, 2012 Ramping Up Security Federal cloud providers have until June to comply with new uniform security controls so that multiple agencies can piggyback off the certifications for faster installation. To more quickly slice $5 billion from the government’s annual $80 billion information technology tab, the Obama administration in December 2011 released...

Agencies saving one-fifth of IT budget through virtualization, survey finds

February 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 80 percent of federal information technology leaders say their agencies have implemented some manner of server virtualization and, overall, the government is saving nearly 20 percent of its IT budget through virtualization, according to a recent survey. The majority of federal agencies also plan to virtualize some desktop...

CIO Council's best practices portal remains a work in progress

January 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Chief Information Officer Council is working on a Web portal where information technology workers can share best practices in federal IT. But whether that portal is up and running yet isn't entirely clear. The 25-Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal IT, published by former federal Chief Information Officer Vivek...

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