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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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DATA Act might have saved GSA from scandal

July 10, 2012 Information collected under the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, now pending before Congress, could have helped prevent the over-the-top 2010 conference that erupted into a General Services Administration scandal in April, data vendors said Tuesday. It also might have spotted warning signals that the $500 million Energy Department loan guarantee ...

What Comes First: the Data or the Civic Hackers?

July 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An interesting debate simmering over at the Global Integrity blog points to the complicated nexus between open data and development. The exchange was sparked by a Guardian op-ed by Walid Al-Saqaf, a Yemeni journalist and open government advocate, in which he called on the Yemeni government to establish a digital ...

Spending oversight requires digging deep for data

July 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The most important step in using data analysis to reduce waste and fraud in government spending is to ensure you have all the information you need, an architect of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board’s system to track stimulus spending said Friday. That’s why the board insisted that primary recipients ...

Will Western Tech Firms Stand for Freedom? Experts Are Split

July 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Internet experts are about evenly split on whether Western-based technology firms will protect dissidents in autocratic nations a decade down the road or whether they’ll be aiding the oppressors, according to a report released Thursday. By 2020, Western technology companies “will be expected to abide by a set of norms ...

Treasury might change cloud hosts

July 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Treasury Department is in the market for a long-term cloud-based host for its flagship Treasury.gov website and a handful of other sites, according to solicitation documents. The Treasury sites currently are hosted in Amazon’s EC2 cloud, which also houses numerous other federal sites, including several Energy Department sites and ...

Agencies should publish lists of all their data, group says

July 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. Federal agencies should be required to maintain lists of their full data catalogs so agency officials and the public know what exists, what’s public and what’s not, Sunlight Foundation Policy Director John Wonderlich said Tuesday. That’s one line item in a list of best practices ...

State Sticks with ‘Sea of Japan’ in Response to Online Petitions

July 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department engaged in a little online diplomacy Friday when it responded to one of the most popular petitions to climb the White House’s We the People citizen petition site since its launch. The petition, signed by more than 100,000 people -- many of them South Koreans and Korean ...

Don Draper Meets Big Data

July 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Among the best things about covering advances in big data analysis is you begin bumping into big data concepts in all sorts of unexpected places. Witness this recent episode of the Slate podcast "Lexicon Valley" on verbal anachronisms in the TV shows Mad Men and Downton Abbey. Host Mike Vuolo ...

Tech Roundup

July 1, 2012 Network Defense The Obama administration is expanding to all military contractors a computer security program that shares classified threat information. After a year of trials with select vendors, the Defense Industrial Base, or DIB, cybersecurity pilot program will invite all military vendors and their Internet service providers to voluntarily join ...

Experts split on the homes of the future

June 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About half of 1,021 technology leaders think the homes of 2020 will be fully Internet-enabled, with computer systems doing everything from writing out grocery lists to fixing leaky faucets, according to a report released Friday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center ...