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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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The Human Genome’s Secrets: Unlocked and Online

April 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After spending decades helping unlock the secrets of the human genome, the National Human Genome Research Institute wants to unlock educational materials about the project from their home at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The museum and the genome research institute partnered on Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, a ...

Is Google's Problem 'Big Data Hubris' or Insufficient Data?

April 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The trouble with Google Flu Trends might not be “big data hubris” as charged by a recent analysis in the journal Science, but rather that Google’s data simply wasn’t big enough to be sufficiently predictive, a program director at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity said on Tuesday. The Science ...

What Kind of Tech Exec (or Potential Exec) Are You?

March 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal technologists face myriad challenges from delivering quality services on a tight budget to keeping employee morale up when salaries are down. Everyone would like to be highly productive, maintain tight security and have a perfectly integrated suite of tools to work with. Unlimited opportunity for innovation would be helpful ...

Leaders Split on Whether the Obama Administration Can Accomplish Its IT Goals

March 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal information technology leaders are about evenly split on whether their agencies can achieve a slate of ambitious IT reform goals established by the Obama administration, according to survey data gathered by the Government Business Council. About 32 percent of the 74 civilian and military information technology leaders surveyed by ...

Obamacare Sees Social Media Surge Ahead of #Deadline

March 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Members of the Obama administration weren’t the only ones with eyes fixed on HealthCare.gov, the once glitch-ridden federal health insurance marketplace that was receiving record site visits as consumers tried to buy Obamacare plans before the deadline Monday. Social media users also were fixated on the landmark health care reform: ...

All For One

March 28, 2014 When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, the response and recovery were considered a disaster for government. There was no clear chain of command. Communication broke down between federal agencies and state and local responders. And many of the hurricane’s victims, left homeless and broken by the disaster, ...

Where to Go for a Fresh Take on Kanye, Tupac and Federal Policy (Hint: Rap Genius)

March 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies can now post policies, memos and other documents to the social site News Genius where agency employees and citizens can collaboratively annotate them just as they would a news article or a hip hop song on News’ Genius’ parent site Rap Genius. Officials at the General Services Administration ...

What Should Scare Us About Health IT

March 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Electronic health records can give patients significantly more power over their own health care, but a paucity of safeguards in how those records are shared and managed can also make patients more vulnerable, according to Deborah Peel, a psychoanalyst and founder of the organization Patient Privacy Rights. Revisions in the ...

The White House Wants More Fossils and Moon Rocks Online

March 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies that manage scientific collections such as space rocks, fossils and animal tissue samples have six months to write draft policies describing how those collections will be made more accessible to the public online, according to a White House memo. The memo from John Holdren, director of the White ...

Now's Your Chance to Weigh In on the White House's Web Privacy Policy

March 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House does not share information about visitors to its Web and mobile tools outside of the federal government, either for commercial or political purposes, according to the draft of an updated privacy policy published on Thursday. The White House may share some visitor information with other federal agencies ...