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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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Technology Made Health Care Reform Personal

June 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Alone among the branches of government, the judiciary is meant to stay above the hurly burly of daily politicking and heartrending stories, and to take a 30,000 foot view of the world. There are no harrowing tales of uninsured children -- let alone doomed grandmothers -- in Thursday’s ruling on ...

National lab, IBM team up on supercomputer initiative

June 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow IBM and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are working together on a project to leverage supercomputing to help industry better spot trends and more quickly develop new technologies, the pair announced Wednesday. The new supercomputer, called Vulcan, will use some of the same ultrafast technology underlying Lawrence Livermore’s Sequoia, recently ...

Defense Builds Its Own Reddit

June 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department is planning to launch a Reddit-like platform where service members can post new ideas and vote them up or down, according to a Defense News report. The new tool, Eureka, will be part of the military’s suite of social media mirroring sites including miBook and miTube, which ...

Stuck in Traffic? DOT Wants an App to Prevent That.

June 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Transportation Department’s Intelligent Transportation Systems division is after new smart sensors that can measure everything from road conditions and traffic density to visibility, according to a request for information released Monday. Data from the sensors will be incorporated into new Dynamic Mobility Applications the office is working on to ...

IT officials spending less on one-time capital investments

June 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal technology officials are aiming more budget money at operational expenditures and less at capital expenditures, according to a new study. That shift is in line with a plan that federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel has long been pushing to shift government information technology spending to a more predictable ...

The Google-Apple Map Wars: An Open Gov Data Case Study

June 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow My colleague over at The Atlantic, Megan Garber, has an interesting piece about Google’s drive to retain its position as the nation’s default mapper and not go broke in the process. The search giant is scaling back its plans to charge some major users of its mapping tools, such as ...

Digital strategy group works on 'bring your own device' guidelines

June 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A cross-government team is developing guidance for policies that will allow employees to use their own smartphones and tablets for work, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said in a blog post late Thursday. The Digital Services Advisory Group also is working on agencywide governance models for digital services. The ...

League of Women Voters Lashes out at We the People Petition Response

June 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Perhaps it was inevitable when the Obama Administration launched its We the People online petition site in 2011 that the administration’s responses to petitions would draw the ire of pissed off pot smokers and online poker enthusiasts. The administration’s most recent response, however, drew the ire of a more powerful ...

Government Data Creates All Kinds of Awesomeness

June 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A chief selling point of the government’s open data drive is the slew of profit-making Web and mobile applications private sector entrepreneurs can build with raw government data. Federal officials haven’t named many concrete examples, though, of how entrepreneurs have actually used government data except for the go-to examples of ...

No one knows how much energy older federal data centers use

June 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One barrier to gauging progress in the government’s data center consolidation effort is the fact that federal agencies aren’t measuring energy costs for some smaller data centers. The Navy has begun a program to place special energy meters outside data centers that occupy full buildings, said Robert Harden, who works ...