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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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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...

There's No Tech Roadmap for this Shutdown

October 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A lot has changed since 1995, the last time the government shut down for a significant length of time. Especially when it comes to information technology. The White House only launched its official website in 1994, after all, and its most popular feature was a profile of the Clintons’ cat...

Major IT Problems Loom if Shutdown Drags On

October 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week’s federal government shutdown won’t seriously damage government information technology operations in the short term, provided it doesn’t last more than a week or so, industry watchers say. In the longer-term, however, extended furloughs for non-essential employees will further depress the federal technology workforce and dissuade top graduates from...

Fandom and Criticism: What I learned from LA’s Social Media Week

October 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I spent last week in Los Angeles at Social Media Week because, well, the weather was great and the government was still operating then. There were some ways in which government’s digital concerns translated perfectly to LA’s entertainment-heavy panels. Other times I was in a foreign land. There was the...

Here's How Furloughed Feds Did Web Rage in '95

October 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government was shut down; feds were on furlough. A Democratic president was bickering with House Republicans. (The public was fuzzy on details, but it had something to do with health care funding). And citizens shut out of national parks and other government services were taking their rage to the...

GOV Unplugged: Your Guide to What’s Shut Down During a Shutdown

October 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are plenty of physical reminders of how the government shutdown is affecting the nation, from closure notices outside national parks and monuments to federal employees out eating, drinking and dog-walking in the middle of the day. There is also no shortage of digital reminders of what happens when the...

The Shutdown Will be Tweeted -- Just Not Officially

October 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government shutdown that took effect Tuesday morning didn’t just put more than 800,000 federal employees on mandatory unpaid leave. It also forced most federal social media feeds into the dark. The Antideficiency Act makes it illegal for the federal government to engage in activities for which it is not...