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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Task Force Asks Public How To Dot-Gov

September 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A White House task force charged with reforming the federal web presence launched a discussion board Monday to gather citizen feedback. The most popular suggestion by the end of the day was imposing stricter standards for what constitutes "plain language" on federal websites. Too much information is poorly written and...

Technology, Revolution and the Wisdom of Crowds

September 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the crossroads between foreign policy and information technology has been preoccupied with the still largely unresolved question of whether social media can spark revolutions, a few committed technologists are examining traditional media's ability to predict when revolutions will occur. In a Friday post on the Foreign Policy blog, Joshua...

White House defends transparency initiatives

September 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House used a status report on its open government initiative released Friday as an opportunity to showcase the Obama administration's progress on transparency goals and to counter criticism that agency efforts to better inform the public haven't lived up to the president's campaign rhetoric. The report hits back,...

Social media's role in Arab spring still unclear

September 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Something extraordinary happened at the nexus of social media and political action during the Arab spring uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, experts agreed during a panel discussion Friday. But just what happened is less clear. Certainly Twitter and other social media became a "megaphone" that disseminated information...

On Press Releases, Contractors and Hyperinflation

September 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A gentle note to contractors: A little spin may be all too common in press releases, but beware of jumping the shark entirely. An April 5 press release from Compu Dynamics, which describes itself as "a leading provider of mission-critical infrastructure solutions and services," said the company had been selected...

Fed CIO Launches Technology Fellows Program

September 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel knocked off another point of his predecessor Vivek Kundra's 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal IT Tuesday with the launch of point 11, a technology fellows program. The program is an offshoot of the government's longstanding Presidential Management Fellows system, a two-year program...

Data center consolidation is about more than real estate

September 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Consolidating federal data centers should be about more than just renting out floor space, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Chief Technology Officer Noah Nason told a group of federal information technology executives and vendors Tuesday. Agencies that have excess data center capacity, like ATF, could provide hardware, operating...

DOD is the World's Biggest Boss

September 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Worldwide proponents of government austerity will be outraged by today's Daily Chart from the Economist, which shows seven of the world's 10 largest employers are run by national governments. The U.S. Department of Defense takes the forward position as the world's biggest boss, with 3.2 million military and civilian employees,...

In Afghanistan, diplomacy meets the TV crime drama

September 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To the long list of public diplomacy efforts the U.S. State Department has launched in Afghanistan, add the TV show "Eagle Four," a "24"-style cop thriller that has proven, in early analyses, to be the most popular of several TV programs financed by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. In addition...

Nearly a quarter of dot-gov domains don't work, analysis finds

September 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An unofficial analysis of the roughly 1,800 top-level federal Web domains shows nearly a quarter of them are now unreachable. That may mean those sites have been shut down or that their content has been consolidated into larger sites in accordance with a White House plan to drastically cut the...

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