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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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The next four years in government IT will be about implementation

November 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama’s two campaign themes -- change in 2008 and forward in 2012 -- could just as easily describe the government’s likely approach to information technology during his two terms, analysts told Nextgov on Wednesday. The president’s first term included major programs to make federal technology buying more agile, to...

The election in social media

November 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated The social media story of Election Day 2012 so far has been less about specific things social networking sites did than about the variety of news that came out of them. At about 10:15 p.m. Twitter reported that, with 20 million tweets, the Election Day...

Best of the Instagraming your ballot tweets

November 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook and Twitter have come up with some great toys this election season. So who would have thought the Cinderella social media star of Election Day would be Instagram and seven states' prohibition against using it or other photography apps at polling sites. Warnings against using the smartphone photo app...

New Jersey voters Tweet problems with online voting

November 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. New Jersey voters flocked to Twitter Tuesday to report problems with the state’s makeshift online voting plan for residents displaces by Hurricane Sandy. That trend is in keeping with a study released Tuesday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project that found nearly one-fourth...

Googling in the voting booth

November 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A smartphone means never having to plan in advance. Don’t know the restaurant’s address? It’ll be in Google maps. Not sure when that meeting is scheduled for? You can check the calendar later. If it’s not there, you’ll find it somewhere in your email. So here’s my Election Day prediction:...

Your guide to the election and social media

November 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow From targeted tweets to gaffes gone viral, social media has played a major role in the 2012 presidential election. As that race enters its final stretch, here are three social media stories to follow during Tuesday’s election and its aftermath. Voting goes social: As with most things in modern life,...

Where the candidates stand on tech issues

November 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The folks over at The Verge have put together a good graphic laying out where President Obama and Mitt Romney stand on key technology issues including cybersecurity, Internet regulations and the future of space exploration. The piece eschews rankings in favor of quotes from the candidates and narrative descriptions of...

But who are the grammarians backing?

November 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter published an interactive feature on Thursday that maps interest in President Obama's and Mitt Romney’s most popular tweets across the nation. Interestingly, the most partisan tweets rarely map to the candidates’ natural political bases. Obama’s second most popular tweet nationwide, for instance, supported abortion rights and got the most...

States save money with online services

November 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A University of Utah study suggests state governments can achieve significant budget cuts by shifting many of their in-person services to the Web. Utah has saved more than $61 million during the past five years by moving state transactions online and contracting some Web services out to third-party vendors, the...

Get ready for a seismic shift in federal IT

November 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Four years can change a lot in federal technology. As the Bush administration prepared to hand power to the Obama team in late-2008, no mission-critical government systems were housed in computer clouds, there were fewer than two dozen government-built mobile applications and the nation had never had a chief information...

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