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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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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...

FDA Plans to Mine Shipping Data to Expose Illegal Cigarette Sales

June 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Food and Drug Administration plans to turn to data mining to spot illegal sellers of cigarettes and other tobacco products, solicitation documents show. The agency is seeking a vendor to mine commercial shipping data going back to 2007 to spot oddities that might indicate illegal tobacco sales or trafficking...

Vines Across the Oceans

June 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s been about two months since the government inked terms of service with Twitter’s six-second video sharing site Vine, and agencies are beginning to make their marks there. Several U.S. embassies are among the early government Viners. The site gives embassies a quick, visual way to share something about the...

Survey Predicts Major Savings from Big Data

June 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal technology officials think new data analysis tools could help them make smarter decisions, ultimately saving up to 14 percent of agency budgets, a survey released Monday said. About one-third of officials thought their agencies were on the right track with big data programming despite budget cuts resulting from sequestration,...

A More Searchable History

June 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The push to open up government data in searchable and machine-readable formats has focused mostly on the work of contemporary lawmakers and officials. The principles of open data can be applied just as easily and fruitfully to historical works, though, as demonstrated by Founders Online, a new database that boasts...