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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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G-8 Seeks Apps for Agriculture

April 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government launched a new agriculture data community on Monday during a special Group of 8 conference in Washington aimed at using open data to produce better crops and more efficient markets. The two day G-8 Conference is focused on better sharing of information that can improve agricultural performance...

Open Source Tech is Driving Big Changes in Government

April 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Open source technology is now visible everywhere in government from the basic operating systems that federal computers run on to the blogs, websites and social media tools they use to communicate with the public. Red Hat, which helps companies manage, maintain and secure open source tools, including the operating system...

DARPA Chief: Budget Cuts Will Erode Cyber Mission

April 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s offensive cybersecurity initiative known as Plan X is a “great example of the negative effects of sequestration,” agency Director Arati Prabhakar told reporters Wednesday. DARPA has had to delay Plan X, which aims to lay the groundwork for offensive cyber operations, for several months,...

Social Media Activists Are Wealthy, Educated and on the Rise

April 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The percentage of Americans talking politics on social media has skyrocketed since the 2008 elections but politically active people continue to be disproportionately wealthier and better educated, both on social media and in the offline world, a new report shows. About 17 percent of all adults posted links to political...

The Power of a Nudge

April 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel has cited innovations from a British government group, informally known as the “nudge unit,” as part of his inspiration for a plan to launch evidence-based innovation projects in non-tech sectors of the executive branch. The CIO would receive about $6 million for such projects...

Get Ready for Mobile Only

April 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If 2011 and 2012 brought the concept of "mobile first" to government, 2013 may mark the beginning of a trend toward "mobile only," Deloitte Consulting Chief Technology Officer Mark White said Wednesday. There are already some government-built native mobile apps that don’t have a browser-based equivalent, such as EyeNote, a...

Federal Web Visitors are Coming Via Mobile

April 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly one-third of federal website visitors surveyed during the past three months said they’d gone to a government site at some point in the past using a smartphone or tablet. Another 16 percent of government Web visitors said they’d never been to federal website on a mobile device but planned...

Federal CIO Imagines One Device, Many Screens

April 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel’s best attributes -- at least as far as reporters are concerned -- has always been his willingness to speculate about the long-term future. This is a rare quality among federal leaders who are often hesitant to speak about anything five or more...

Sequestration Hashtags and the White House on Vine

April 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s a popular trope that sequestration is too complex and abstract for the average citizen to pay much attention. That complexity hasn’t stopped both parties from trying to communicate about the slate of automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts in that simplest of all mediums: the Twitter hashtag. House Republican leaders...

Timeline: Crowdsourcing Law Enforcement

April 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Crowdsourced photos and videos from the Boston Marathon finish line appear to have played an important role in identifying Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Chechen-born brothers suspected of planting bombs that killed three and left more than 150 wounded. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police Friday and Dzhokhar has...