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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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Apps aim to help citizens sort through complex economic data

December 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. Government’s most important job is being a good steward of the economy, citizens told pollsters in advance of the 2012 election. With that in mind, Nextgov asked our private sector app reviewers to take a look at two recently-launched government ...

StudentAid.gov provides loan info on the fly

December 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. The Education Department’s StudentAid.gov mobile website has a lot of information for current and prospective college students and the developers made a good decision to go with a mobile website rather than a native app, our reviewers said. The mobile ...

America’s Economy app is as mixed as the economic indicators

December 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. The Census Bureau’s America’s Economy app packs a lot of good economic information in one place but that may not be enough for a standalone app, our reviewers said. The app includes frequently updated figures for 16 key economic indicators ...

What’s a Twitter follower worth?

December 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The mobile phone reviews site PhoneDog, which accused a former staffer of stealing its 17,000 Twitter followers and sought compensation of $2.50 per follower, has apparently settled its lawsuit, CNET reported Monday. That means the world will have to wait a while longer to learn how much the court thinks ...

Think tank prescribes social technology to raise Congress’s IQ

December 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to add a link to the report. A report released Tuesday from the New America Foundation urges Congress to make up for its lack of internal expertise by opening up more data to outside groups and by creating a pipeline for those groups to share ...

North Carolina launches social media records management platform

December 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow North Carolina’s state government unveiled a social media archiving platform Tuesday that designers believe will be the first to offer complete public access to archived social media data and metadata. The Social Media Archive is in a beta version now and only displays Facebook and Twitter posts from or directed ...

House oversight leaders find rare bipartisan agreement on IT reform

December 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One key to rationalizing the way information technology is managed in government is to mandate transparency about what agencies are buying and from whom, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said during Nextgov Prime Monday. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who appeared onstage with Issa, agreed. “Off the shelf software for agency X, ...

Up to the Challenge

December 1, 2012 In February 2011, the South Harbor Maine-based startup Flagsuit won a contract to develop new astronaut gloves for testing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. It was a big opportunity for Flagsuit founder and chief executive Peter Homer, who was managing a South Harbor community center when he first ...

Tech Roundup

December 1, 2012 Tracking Diplomats The agency charged with securing U.S. embassies plans to purchase a system that could locate and track diplomats during an emergency based on the signals beaming from their satellite and cellphones, documents show. That system could be extremely effective at monitoring security during an embassy or consulate attack, ...

Industry groups demand changes to Issa’s IT reform bill

November 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include comment from Issa. A coalition of technology vendors demanded changes on Friday to proposed legislation that would overhaul the way agencies purchase information technology, saying they will not endorse the bill in its current form. The groups criticized the Federal Information Technology Reform ...