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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Cybersecurity strategy boosts commitment to Internet freedom, experts say

May 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A promise the White House made in the cyberspace strategy released Monday encouraging "people all over the world to use digital media to . . . share information . . . [and] expose corruption" indicates the ascendancy of a camp inside the Obama administration that favors making a priority of...

Could Pass-The-Hat Kill Open Government?

May 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The funding model that's contributed to delays, breakdowns and generally deteriorating service by the federal government's main web portal for grant applications may wreak havoc on a number of open government initiatives next, a sunshine advocacy group fears. With the E-Gov fund, which paid for open government websites such as...

New FCC Site Pushes Broadband on Small Businesses

May 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new web portal launched Monday by the Federal Communications Commission, aims to increase broadband use among U.S. small businesses at the same time it ramps up those businesses' cybersecurity savvy. The site lists 10 basic cybersecurity tips for small businesses, including installing secure firewalls and antivirus software and creating...

Health information exchanges are vital to pandemic responses, official says

May 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow State health information exchanges, which hold and collate electronic medical records, are vital to the federal government's ability to rapidly respond to a public health emergency, a Health and Human Services Department official told a Senate panel Tuesday. The Senate Committee on Health Education and Labor is considering reauthorizing legislation...

Impact of data center closures unclear

May 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly three weeks after the White House announced the first round of 137 federal data center closures -- part of a massive cost and energy-savings program -- it's far from clear how much physical space and computer space will actually be eliminated and how many jobs might be cut. The...

From Impact of data center closures is unclear

May 16, 2011 Nearly three weeks after the White House announced the first round of 137 federal data center closures -- part of a massive cost and energy-savings program -- it's far from clear how much physical space and computer space will actually be eliminated and how many jobs might be cut. Read...

Agencies look to virtual reality technologies to replace live training and outreach at lower cost

May 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Correction:This story has been corrected to reflect the accurate cost of hosting a foreign exchange student in the United States. It takes about $20,000 to fund a single foreign exchange student for a three-week stay at a high school in the United States, but for roughly $1,000, one State Department...

GSA invites companies to bid for the opportunity to provide cloud email services

May 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration on Wednesday began soliciting bids from companies interested in hosting government email systems in the cloud. GSA will evaluate bids from all interested companies and list those that pass muster on a menu from which agencies can select the vendor that best meets an agency's needs,...

Open government requires accessibility, not just data, specialists say

May 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Open government in the Internet Age shouldn't be about simply throwing information online but about making it easily accessible and searchable too, government information technology officials said at a conference Wednesday. Making important agency information easy to find online can also be a key factor in improving the agency's public...

After nearly a decade of effort, new worker IDs aren't keeping ports secure, GAO says

May 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite nine years of fine-tuning and more than $400 million in funding, a government-issued picture ID card used at U.S. ports provides less security than the average state-issued driver's license, a federal auditor told lawmakers Tuesday. Government Accountability Office investigators were able to make counterfeit versions of the Transportation Worker...

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