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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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Phone Apps Help Government, Others Counter Violence Against Women

December 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Smart and mobile phones have helped authorities solve crimes from beatings that occurred during the London riots to the Boston Marathon bombing. A panel of experts gathered on Monday said the devices can also help reduce and combat rapes and other gender-based violence. Smartphone apps and text messaging services proliferated ...

Reagan Administration Emails Were the Dawn of Digital Transparency

December 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Among the items in the Obama administration’s second action plan delivered to the international Open Government Partnership on Friday was a plan to use new auto-search tools to help clear Reagan-era White House email for declassification and release. Readers may be surprised to learn email was widely enough used during ...

What the First Income Taxes Tell Us About HealthCare.gov

December 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The search for a historical analogy for HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace that nearly imploded upon launch, usually ends with social security, Medicare or Medicare Part D, a prescription drug plan. Those programs required building new bureaucracies and collecting information from large swaths of the nation’s citizens. ...

Using Search Tools to Declassify Presidential Docs - Starting With Reagan's

December 9, 2013 The White House plans to speed up the declassification of presidential records by launching new tools to search and automatically analyze documents for possible release, according to the Obama administration’s second round of commitments to the international Open Government Partnership published on Friday. The CIA and the National Archives and ...

Using Search Tools to Declassify Presidential Docs -- Starting With Reagan's

December 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House plans to speed up the declassification of presidential records by launching new tools to search and automatically analyze documents for possible release, according to the Obama administration’s second round of commitments to the international Open Government Partnership published on Friday. The CIA and the National Archives and ...

Smart Sanctions 2.0

December 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. and international sanctions against repressive regimes may do more harm than good when they prohibit exporting personal technology such as smartphones and software programs that can aid dissidents and promote human rights, according to a report released on Wednesday. By prohibiting U.S. companies from exporting these technologies, sanctions may ...

Obamacare’s Next Step: Fixing Medicare and Medicaid Data Sharing

December 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The agency that fumbled but seems to have repaired HealthCare.gov is preparing to launch a new program authorized under President Obama’s health care reform initiative to better integrate federal Medicare data with data from state Medicaid offices, contracting documents show. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posted a notice ...

Kicked Off HealthCare.gov? Try Now, Obama Administration Says

December 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration issued guidance on Wednesday for people who were kicked off HealthCare.gov during its first two rocky months or who steered clear of the ailing website entirely. For people who began the enrollment process on the Obama administration’s troubled online health insurance marketplace but got stuck by a ...

HealthCare.gov’s Lessons for Big Government

December 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace, got a big picture treatment from historians and economists on Wednesday, during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. At issue was whether the government is capable of implementing large programs such as Obamacare and ...

Private Investment in Civic-Minded Tech Startups Soars

December 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Corporations, nonprofits and philanthropic organizations invested more than $430 million in new technologies aimed at making cities and municiple governments more effective and efficient during the two-and-a-half years ending in May, according to a report released on Wednesday. The report, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, ...