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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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Get Ready For Data-Driven Romance

October 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Had your fill of shutdown specials at DC’s finer drinking establishments? Looking for something to pass the time while you pinch pennies and let that #shutdownbeard grow? Why not look forward to a brighter future when data’s driving more decisions, cars are driving themselves and you’ll know the perfect moment...

Obamacare Contractors Were Big Campaign Donors

October 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The list of contractors that helped implement the White House’s landmark health care reform law includes a who’s-who of top-tier political donors, according to a review by the Sunlight Foundation transparency group. That implementation process has come under heavy scrutiny recently because of software glitches and long wait times that...

What If @NASA Crossed 5 Million Followers and No One Was There to Tweet It

October 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even though most government social media accounts aren’t being updated due to the partial shutdown, the public is still checking them out. NASA’s main Twitter handle passed 5 million followers on Monday, making it the first government agency profile to scale a height usually reserved for the likes of Queen...

Twitter Analysis Shows Feds' Furlough Disparity

October 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government Twitter accounts are posting at about one-third their normal pace since the partial federal shutdown began last week, but a handful of agencies are doing most of the heavy lifting. Most federal agencies stopped tweeting entirely once the shutdown began, according to data provided by Measured Voice, a social...

Thwarted Users Vent About Obamacare Website on Facebook

October 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Healthcare.gov, the Obama Administration’s online marketplace for health insurance that has suffered from software glitches since its launch last week, is taking a beating on Facebook. Public spleen venting is nothing new for government Facebook pages, especially ones connected with hot button political topics such as the Obama Administration’s healthcare...

Amazon Prevails in CIA Cloud Suit

October 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to add details of Judge Wheeler's order. It will be updated again when a complete ruling is posted. Amazon has won the latest round in a battle with IBM to build a massive computer cloud for intelligence agencies. Judge Thomas Wheeler of the U.S. Court...

Government Tweets Down Sharply During Shutdown

October 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal government Twitter accounts have been tweeting at about one-third their normal level since the government shut down on Oct. 1, according to a tally created by Measured Voice, a social media analysis and management company. Federal agencies and officials post about 2,047 tweets during a normal weekday, but have...

Obamacare Software Failures Confirmed

October 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include comments from the Health and Human Services Department and from U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park. Bugs and bad coding in the online insurance marketplaces built under President Obama’s health care reform law were serious enough to require repair over the weekend, officials...

Guess When the Shutdown Will End and Win $100

October 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When will the government shutdown end? The wisdom of the crowds says October 18. That’s the average bet in a prediction market operated by American Civics Exchange, a startup launched by two investment professionals and former state legislative candidates who want to apply the methods of futures trading to the...

What’s Not Shut Down During the Shutdown

October 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A large chunk of the government’s Web and social media presence has been shuttered by the government shutdown and the furlough of employees that manage those systems. Some government websites and social media profiles are still up and running though. Here’s a rundown. White House The main White House blog...