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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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Did Twitter town hall bring something new to the table?

July 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A day after President Obama's first Twitter town hall, pundits and techies were still debating whether there was something new under the silicon or if the president had merely transferred his oratorical skills to a new platform -- one, incidentally, where questioners couldn't ask followups or be caught by cameras ...

Pot Tops Tweets for Obama Town Hall

July 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With just an hour to go before President Obama's first-ever Twitter town hall, the most retweeted question under the #Ask Obama hashtag is whether he'd consider legalizing marijuana to lower the burden on U.S. courts and prisons and raise government revenue. Legalization, with nearly 5,000 retweets, is followed by questions ...

Plenty of 140-character questions, few new answers in Obama's Twitter town hall

July 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After days of anticipation -- a long time in the Internet Age -- President Obama's first Twitter Town Hall on Wednesday ended up covering much of the same ground as a live town hall with the difference that questions were limited to 140 characters. The Twitter town hall, announced July ...

Will Social Media Ask Obama What MSM Hasn't?

July 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As social media enthusiasts -- and critics -- gear up for President Obama's first Twitter Town Hall Wednesday afternoon, one major question is whether social media questioners will differ from their mainstream media counterparts -- in focus, emphasis, both or neither. During the eight weeks leading up to the announcement ...

USAID cellphone program aims to enhance Afghan media

July 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Agency for International Development is promoting a project to give Afghan mobile phone users free nationwide access to Afghanistan's newspaper, radio and TV news stories. The project -- called Mobile Khabar, which roughly translates to "mobile news" in Pashto, Dari, Arabic and other regional languages -- is based ...

Survey Says Feds not Tracking Data Center Capacity

July 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just about a quarter of federal information technology officials say their department has a system in place to track savings from a governmentwide push to shut down and consolidate data centers, according to an unscientific survey from MeriTalk, a government IT industry group. The survey was mostly conducted in person ...

Microsoft plugs cloud to feds

July 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft officials are touting the company's new cloud-based Office 365 as a good choice for federal customers because of its tiered subscription structure and secure management. Office 365, unveiled at an event Tuesday in New York, is an updated version of the software giant's Business Productivity Online Standard Suite and ...

Unplugging Data Centers

July 1, 2011 The shift to shared facilities is easier said than done, state and industry officials say. When state officials decided to merge Oregon's mish-mash of 12 agency data centers into one secure, cutting-edge facility in 2005, the task before them seemed easy enough. But three years and $63 million into the ...

Obama Twitter Town Hall Gets Off to Snarky Start

June 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The conversation about President Obama's first Twitter town hall got off to a classic social media start Thursday with re-tweets, thumbs ups, spoilers and snark drowning out most real conversation. "Let me kick things off... I #AskObama whether it is a good idea to attempt to conduct political discourse in ...

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Blasts Internet in a Suitcase

June 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The so-called Internet in a suitcase -- a State Department-funded project to sneak stealth satellite Internet capacity to dissidents in autocratic states -- has drawn the attention of the Iranian regime. The Islamic Republic's powerful Revolutionary Guards denounced the project in the most recent issue of "Sobhe Sadegh," its weekly ...