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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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Blind Agency Attorney Sues CBP Over Tech Access

May 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A blind attorney who works for the Homeland Security Department is suing his employer, which he said spent years pushing upgrades that interfered with his computer reading tools and made it impossible for him to do his work. Michael Leiterman lost hours of work time after each upgrade, troubleshooting new...

Agriculture Department Considers Data-Driven Nutrition Assistance

May 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Agriculture Department is considering building a national database of state-level information about when, where and how people are using food stamps and other nutrition assistance, solicitation documents show. The proposed database would help the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and its state-level partners make smarter decisions about where to...

Many CIOs Support IT Reform Legislation

May 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many government chief information officers think a proposed congressional overhaul that would give them broader authority over how their agencies buy information technology is a “step in the right direction,” according to TechAmerica’s CIO Insights survey released Thursday. CIOs aren’t all of one mind, though, about provisions of the Federal...

Technology Is the Key to Combatting Child Sex Trade, White House Says

May 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As child sex traffickers are increasingly relying on Internet and mobile tools to ply their trade, child advocates and police must use new Internet and data mining tools to combat the illicit market, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said at a symposium Wednesday. Park and First Lady Michelle Obama’s...

White House Responds to 19-Month-Old Palestine Petition

April 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House responded Friday to one of three remaining We the People petitions posted during the site’s first few days online in September 2011. The 19-month-old petition asked the United States to not veto Palestine’s then-pending application for full member-state status in the United Nations. While the United States...

White House Petition Site Draws Venezuelan Crowds

April 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The petition website designed to give citizens “a direct line to the White House on the issues and concerns that matter most” is proving popular outside the U.S. as well. An April 15 We the People petition asking the Obama administration to urge a recount in the Venezuelan presidential election...

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...