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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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Government Knocks on BlackBerry Continue

February 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Another government office is turning away from BlackBerry for its mobile phone and computing needs and leaving the once dominant product with some critical words on its way out the door. The Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General is in the market for 85 iPhones and 85 Samsung Galaxy ...

IT Reform Act Heads to House Floor Tuesday

February 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow UPDATE: House Passes IT Reform. Read our story HERE. The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill that would revamp how the government buys information technology systems in a bid to strengthen the oversight of projects like HealthCare.gov and make a single person responsible for such projects’ success ...

A New One-Stop Shop for eHealth

February 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today launched a one-stop website to help health care providers navigate an array of new requirements and services, a CMS official said on Monday. The eHealth University page offers providers information on a variety of requirements including updating codes for medical diagnoses and ...

The Evolution of the Twitter Revolution

February 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Perhaps the most important and consistent observation about the role social media plays in global protest movements is that it isn’t static; it evolves just as the movements and the media themselves do, analysts said during an event on Monday sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace. Whenever Twitter ...

HHS Wants to Mine Social Media During Health Emergencies

February 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department’s emergency management office is considering buying a social media mining tool to help it assess public health threats during natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other health emergencies, contracting documents show. The proposed tool would complement traditional data analysis the office already uses to spot, ...

Cost of Obamacare Contract Has at Least Quintupled

February 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The cost of the computer cloud that supports back-end data sharing for HealthCare.gov and state Obamacare marketplaces grew to $60 million, more than five times its original value, by the time the troubled site was declared fully functional on Nov. 30, 2013, contracting documents show. While the site has performed ...

How Government Data Is Fueling a New Economy

February 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nextgov is launching a new project today to profile the growing crowd of companies and nonprofits that are building their businesses with government data and helping to build the new data economy. This project was born out of a basic disconnect. Analysts predict that open data from the government and ...

U.S. Ranks 8th in Citizen Satisfaction With Digital Government

February 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States ranks eighth out of 10 countries surveyed about citizens’ satisfaction with digital government services, according to a study released on Wednesday by the consulting firm Accenture. The ranking trails the top-rated United Arab Emirates as well as Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Norway, the United Kingdom, India and Germany. ...

How Social Media Affects Diplomacy

February 19, 2014 One effect of the boom in online social activity in recent years has been a blurring of the lines between traditional diplomacy conducted by government officials behind closed doors and the realm of “public diplomacy” where diplomats reach out directly to citizens of another nation, State Department officials said on ...

Social Media Makes the State Department Nimbler

February 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One effect of the boom in online social activity in recent years has been a blurring of the lines between traditional diplomacy conducted by government officials behind closed doors and the realm of “public diplomacy” where diplomats reach out directly to citizens of another nation, State Department officials said on ...