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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Harvard Study Under Fire for Facebook Mining

July 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To the list of organizations struggling to adapt to the new social media world, add social science researchers and their institutional review boards. A massive project to collect data on Harvard's graduating class of 2009 has been put on hold after questions arose about the researchers' use of semi-privileged student...

States didn't cooperate on Medicaid data repository, official says

July 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department missed its 2010 deadline to roll all Medicare and Medicaid claims information into a single, integrated data repository because of limited cooperation and a mishmash of data forms at the state level, officials told lawmakers Tuesday. The integrated data repository, which was launched in...

Kundra names task force to consolidate federal websites

July 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra named a 17-member task force on Tuesday to winnow the government's massive Web presence over the next several months and to update government policies for what justifies a new website or domain. The White House also released a list of 1,759 top-level federal Web...

IG: Corporate e-filing saves money but doesn't reduce unnecessary audits

July 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A six-year-old mandate requiring large corporations to file their tax returns electronically has cut costs for businesses and the government, but could have raised the number of unnecessary audits the government performs, according to a watchdog report released publicly Tuesday. Most of the government savings from the corporate e-file program...

National Archives' first Wikipedian in residence to bring more holdings to the public

July 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In January 1874, early feminist icon Susan B. Anthony petitioned Congress to remit a fine she'd received for illegally voting in the 1872 presidential election, 47 years before the 19th Amendment gave women the franchise. Until recently, anyone hoping to read that petition would have been limited to a few...

From Nextgov: National Archives' first Wikipedian to bring more to the public

July 11, 2011 In January 1874, early feminist icon Susan B. Anthony petitioned Congress to remit a fine she'd received for illegally voting in the 1872 presidential election, 47 years before the 19th Amendment gave women the franchise. Until recently, anyone hoping to read that petition would have been limited to a few...

Rulemaking on 911 Texts Coming Soon, FCC Says

July 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Legwork is complete on the first draft of regulations implementing a "next-generation 9-1-1" system that can accept text messages, a Federal Communications Commission official told lawmakers Friday, adding that commissioners' approval is all that is needed. "I know it's very high on the chairman's list and on the commissioners' lists,...

DHS and ACLU Dispute Electronic Border Searches in Court

July 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department will defend border agents' unlimited authority to search U.S. citizens' laptops, digital cameras and other electronic devices in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn this afternoon. The lawsuit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2010, charges that such unlimited search authority violates citizens' Fourth Amendment...

FEMA and FCC commit to more training before implementing emergency mobile alerts

July 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Local emergency managers need more training before the nationwide rollout of an emergency-alert text messaging system, industry officials told a House panel Friday, warning that ill-considered texts about minor events could result in cell users not taking the alerts seriously. The Personal Localized Alert Network will be rolled out in...

Town Hall Tweets Did Reflect Tweeting Public...Sort of...

July 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Journalists really are different from people, as a latter-day Fitzgerald might have said. Or at least different from Tweeple. A Boston Globe study of questions Tweeted in advance of President Obama's first Twitter town hall found substantial differences from questions asked by journalists during the president's last few news conferences....

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