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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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...

HHS CIO to Leave Post

June 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health and Human Services Chief Information Officer Michael Carleton will leave his post at the end of July, according to a report by FedScoop. An HHS spokesman could not immediately confirm Carleton's departure Monday afternoon. Carleton is the third federal IT leader to announce he's leaving his post this summer....

Draft of Cloud Computing Act Sneaks Online

June 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A draft version of the not-yet-introduced 2011 Cloud Computing Act has found its way onto a public file sharing site. The draft's only mention of the government's own data in the cloud is an effective endorsement of the "cloud first" initiative that Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra outlined in...

Feds Gone Wild

June 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal bureaucrats and plain-old passersby got out a little rage Thursday, bashing away at old desktop computers and printers with baseball bats. The event -- a self-conscious reference to the cult classic Office Space -- was hosted by MeriTalk, a government IT industry group, and was meant to symbolize "breaking...

GSA launches advisory Web page for government's mobile apps

June 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government has doubled down on its commitment to using mobile technology to reach citizens with the launch this week of Mobile Gov, a General Services Administration Web page. The new page is partly a report on how government has used mobile so far, partly a how-to guide for the...

House panel unanimously endorses new government-spending oversight board

June 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Oversight Committee passed a bill Wednesday that would create a governmentwide spending oversight board and better reporting mechanisms based on programs developed to track the Obama administration's stimulus spending. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the committee's chairman, drew cautious support early...

From Nextgov: Panel unanimously endorses new government-spending oversight board

June 22, 2011 The House Oversight Committee passed a bill Wednesday that would create a governmentwide spending oversight board and better reporting mechanisms based on programs developed to track the Obama administration's stimulus spending. Read the full story at

No alarm systems were found at nine out of 10 cargo-only airports that GAO visited

June 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Only one of 10 cargo-only airports visited during a government watchdog study had an electronic intrusion detection system even partially installed, according to a security assessment released Monday. Only two of those airports currently screen pilots and noncommercial passengers and none screens packages and cargo, according to the report from...

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