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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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Social media brings new capacities and liabilities to crises

August 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rapid-fire Tweets and smartphone photos can be a boon to emergency responders trying to see through the fog of an unfolding crisis, but they also can divert responders with misinformation and potentially create liability issues, experts said Tuesday. Emergency responders whose information was once limited to phone calls coming into...

Intel spins off federal subsidiary

August 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Intel spun off a new subsidiary Tuesday that will focus solely on building its federal business, according to a company press release. The subsidiary's initial aim will be to develop and build large-scale supercomputers for the Energy Department and other agencies that do extremely complex computing work, the statement said....

Advisory group hedges on translating fed rules online

August 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A recommendation that federal agencies translate online background information about proposed new regulations into languages other than English could drag an administrative advisory group into bitter partisan drama and yield few actual results, some members of the group's rule-making committee said at a meeting last week. "This is red-flag-to-a-bull stuff,"...

Introducing the Cybertini

August 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's something unfortunate but inevitable about the American tendency to mark technological innovations with new alcoholic drinks. And that's not just because they tend to include unhealthy portions of crème de menthe. So we can't help greeting the University of Maryland Baltimore County Research and Technology Park's introduction of the...

More citizens want to find agencies on mobile apps than on social media, survey finds

August 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About 3 percent of Americans have used a federal mobile app in the past year, according to a survey released Monday, and 18 percent say they'd like to. That beats 13 percent of Americans who say they want to correspond with the government through text messages and 11 percent who'd...

Chief Changes

August 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When President Obama named then-District of Columbia Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra to be the nation's first chief information officer in 2009, he cited Kundra's "depth of experience in the technology arena" and said the new CIO would "work to ensure that we are using the spirit of American innovation...

New Performance.gov website faces performance problems of its own

August 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Performance.gov website, launched Thursday as a central repository for information about federal agencies' spending, hiring and cost-cutting initiatives, soon will be the main home for all federal performance websites, a White House official told Nextgov. In accordance with a governmentwide campaign to rationalize the federal Web presence, Performance.gov will...

New Performance.gov website faces performance problems of its own

August 26, 2011 The Performance.gov website, launched Thursday as a central repository for information about federal agencies' spending, hiring and cost-cutting initiatives, soon will be the main home for all federal performance websites, a White House official told Nextgov. In accordance with a governmentwide campaign to rationalize the federal Web presence, Performance.gov will...

Spy Agency Seeks Data Miners

August 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's office is launching a new research program to root out trends in public data on news websites, blogs and social media to predict events like revolutions, humanitarian crises, economic collapses and disease outbreaks. The DNI's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity office is soliciting research...

Security advances and budgetary pressures draw agencies to cloud

August 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government's transition to cloud computing is likely to be spurred as much by private sector security advances and budgetary pressure as it is by Office of Management and Budget dictates, government information technology leaders said Wednesday. Amazon's Aug. 16 launch of a government-only cloud could mark a major turning...

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