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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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...

British government's massive website reduction took years

June 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The British government's Web presence was a mess in 2006, with more than 2,000 sites -- no one knew precisely how many -- spawned with scant central oversight and little rhyme or reason about how they were organized, a top official told Nextgov. "Citizens [couldn't] tell the difference between one...

From Nextgov: British government's massive website reduction took years of work

June 30, 2011 The British government's Web presence was a mess in 2006, with more than 2,000 sites -- no one knew precisely how many -- spawned with scant central oversight and little rhyme or reason about how they were organized, a top official told Nextgov. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Voters Used Social Media in 2010 Midterm

June 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than one fifth of all American internet users over the age of 18 used social media sites to get involved in the 2010 midterm elections or to investigate a candidate, a study released Monday said. Of the roughly 75 percent of adult Americans who go online, 8 percent posted...

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