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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Fewer online petitions posted to We the People website

January 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chanin Knight/ Fewer than 15 petitions were actively collecting signatures on the White House's We the People website Tuesday, among the lowest numbers since the site's September 2011 launch. About 40 other petitions were still posted to the experiment in digital democracy Tuesday, although they already had gathered enough signatures...

The Great Gov Apps Debate Hits NOAA

January 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang has put together probably the best presentation to date of the ideological conflict between government-built mobile applications and industry-built apps that rely on government data. According to the Weather Gang's report, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials put the kibosh on any government-built weather...

Here's what the Twittersphere #Ask[ed]State

January 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As part of its 21st Century Statecraft month, the State Department is accepting Twitter questions during January in 10 languages under the hash tag #AskState. Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland is answering a selection of those questions after her daily press briefing each Friday. In its first week, the digital experiment...

State fields Twitter questions

January 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Newscom After her daily press briefing Friday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland took questions from a new audience -- several hundred Tweeters spread across a dozen or more nations. State solicited questions under the #AskState hash tag as part of its 21st Century Statecraft month and is accepting them in...

Iranian Protesters #AskState on Twitter and In Person

January 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been updated The blurring line between digital protest and old-fashioned sign waving was on clear display Thursday afternoon as a group of Iranians protesting outside the State Department recorded, posted and Tweeted a video assailing the U.S. government's stance on the future of Camp Ashraf. The protesters... Goes Down

January 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been updated The Office of Management and Budget's website went offline sometime before 3 p.m. on Wednesday and was still out Thursday afternoon. A spokeswoman for the General Services Administration, which oversees the site, said was "experiencing technical problems and GSA efforts to resolve the...

NOAA moves to cloud-based email

January 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has completed its transition to a cloud-based Google email system and things are running smoothly, NOAA Chief Information Officer Joseph Klimavicz said Wednesday. At 25,000 employees, NOAA is the largest agency to move its entire email system to the...

NOAA moves to cloud-based email

January 4, 2012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has completed its transition to a cloud-based Google email system and things are running smoothly, NOAA Chief Information Officer Joseph Klimavicz said Wednesday. Read the full story on Nextgov.

A very NORAD Christmas

January 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the "can't believe we missed it" department, the NORAD Tracks Santa app has evidently been removed from the iTunes app store until Santa begins his journey again next year. According to its description on an index page for government-built mobile applications, the North American Aerospace Defense Command-designed app includes...

VanRoekel hits the speaking circuit

January 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a taciturn first few months as federal chief information officer, Steven VanRoekel appears to be warming to the public stage with two speeches scheduled in just three days next week. The CIO is slated to speak Wednesday at a government technology panel connected with the Consumer Electronics Association's CES...

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