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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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Innovative Funding Begets Innovative Development

June 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chlorinating water, a bug-killing intervention that the industrialized world largely takes for granted, can be prohibitively difficult in the developing world. There’s rarely a municipal authority that will add chlorine before piping water to your home. Adding it yourself cup by cup can be extremely onerous and it’s easy to...

Online Accessibility Is More Complicated Than It Seems

June 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has an interesting post up on the Digital Gov blog outlining how difficult -- often impossible -- it can be for someone with a disability to access social media. For someone who’s not tuned into the particular difficulties people with disabilities face...

Saving Government Tweets Is Tougher Than You Think

June 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies should establish working groups to determine when agency social media posts constitute federal records and how to retain them for posterity, according to new draft guidance from the National Archives and Records Administration. The working groups should monitor how agencies are retaining posts on social media sites they...

Q&A: Twitter Chief Talks to Washington

June 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter is like a digital town hall where people can coalesce around a particular issue, whether they agree, disagree or want to protest, the micro-blogging site’s CEO Dick Costolo told an audience at the Brookings Institution think tank Wednesday. The greatest share of questions during the question-and-answer session with Costolo...

Snowden Petition Shows Many Paths to a White House Response

June 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow News of Edward Snowden’s U.S. indictment and flight from Hong Kong helped push the White House petition to pardon the admitted National Security Agency leaker over the 100,000 signatures needed for an official response this week. The petition on the White House’s We the People site had about 119,000 signatures...

Labor Does More With Less on Streaming Data

June 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the White House directed agencies to make at least two data services available through a streaming process known as application programming interfaces in 2012, most tech and transparency savvy agencies focused on releasing as many APIs as they could. The Health and Human Services Department, for example, released 61...

Meet 43 Smart People Who Plan to Make Government Work Better

June 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The second round of Presidential innovation fellows will include a NASA veteran, a University of Massachusetts professor who builds software tutoring systems and a former operations manager for Ushahidi, renowned for establishing rapid text-based communications with victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The list of 43 new innovation fellows published...

The Government’s Data Center Count Has Doubled Since 2011

June 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The current tally of data centers managed by the federal government is north of 6,000, up from about 3,000 a few months ago, according to an Office of Management and Budget spokeswoman. The apparent doubling of the government’s data center portfolio is due to a 2011 policy shift that drastically...

Straight Outta Government: GSA Mulls Deal With Rap Genius

June 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article has been updated to correctly state how GSA negotiates with social media sites. What will be the next social media platform to make it big in government? The answer may be Rap Genius, a four-year-old tool designed to decode hip hop lyrics and that government agencies could use...

U.S. History Now on Facebook

June 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to bone up on the history you forgot from high school or maybe never learned? Fooling around on Facebook might be a valid option. During the past year or so, a number of federal agencies have filled in the history on their Facebook timelines all the way back to...