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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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...

Crowd Pleasers v. Policy Heft

June 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's "frustrating" that serious policy videos the Obama administration pushes on the White House website and blog garner nowhere near as much public attention as crowd-pleasing videos ready-made for Youtube, White House New Media Director Macon Phillips told a think tank audience Tuesday. A recent White House video of a...

GSA to Launch Gov App Challenges Discussion

June 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services on Wednesday will begin publishing a list of 10 challenges facing federal agencies developing a mobile presence, the division's mobile director said Tuesday. The office will publish one challenge online each day, along with an open forum for agencies to discuss the...

White House considers new social media avenues

June 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House communications staffers are investigating using social media sites beyond Facebook and Twitter to broaden the Obama administration's public engagement and, perhaps, to communicate in different ways, a White House aide said Tuesday. That investigation is driven partly by a belief that social media changes so rapidly the government...

Stealth Internet helps get images, messages out of troubled areas, but proves less useful for protests

June 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Advanced technology that keeps dissidents online during state-sponsored Internet blackouts can help the rest of the world stay informed about and engaged in a faraway struggle against an autocratic regime, but it may be less useful at keeping protest movements on track, analysts told Nextgov. Technology such as the "Internet...

U.S. Leads in Google User Data Requests

June 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government made more than 4,600 requests to Google to hand over user data in the second half of 2010, more than twice as many requests as the next highest-requesting nation, according to a transparency report from the search giant. The UK, France, India and Brazil were the only...

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