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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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Library of Congress wants mobile access options for staff

January 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Library of Congress is in the market for a mobile device management system so employees can securely access library materials from personal smartphones and tablets, solicitation documents show. The library’s 4,000 employees can only remotely access library data now using government-issued mobile devices. Officials are also hoping the device...

Just putting bills online doesn't tell you what they mean

January 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Reading through proposed legislation can be mind boggling, especially for a novice. The average proposed law is full of instructions to strike this, add that and amend to read thus. The natural way to make proposed bills more accessible to the public would be to employ smart software that allowed...

Labor inks $50 million cloud email deal with Microsoft vendor

January 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Correction: The original version of this story mistated the number of people using Interior's cloud email system. It's 72,000. The Labor Department will pay a vendor up to $50 million to move its employees and contractors to a cloud-based Microsoft email system, according to an award notice. The contract also...

White House drops first names from We the People petitions

January 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has abbreviated citizen signatures on its We the People petition website.The signatures, which used to include a signer’s first name and last initial, now just include first and last initials. The signature blocks also include the signer’s location and the date of the signature. The change comes...

Beam me up to 100,000 signatures

January 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to see Betty White host Saturday Night Live? Facebook seems like the logical place to go. It’s the most popular social network in the world, after all, so a good match for SNL’s broad fan base. If you want to bring that grassroots, citizen activism to the Kennedy Center...

These government apps are on the drawing board

January 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Archives is considering building a mobile tool that would allow researchers working in the physical archives to snap photos of documents they’re studying and share them with other researchers in their fields, the Archives’ Chief Innovation Officer Pamela Wright said Thursday. One goal for the proposed app is...

Would you rather check the weather in space or sort data?

January 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. From the Mars Curiosity Rover’s more than 1.2 million Twitter followers to the Johnson Space Center’s string of trending YouTube parodies, NASA has been a leader in the nexus between government and new technology. The space agency’s forays into the...

NASA’s space weather app has great images but lags on engagement

January 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. NASA’s Space Weather Media Viewer mobile app is filled with compelling images of the sun and other celestial bodies, some of them updated minute by minute. The app’s designers could have done a better job, though, explaining just what the...

NASA’s Satellite Insight gaming app isn’t educational or fun

January 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. NASA’s Satellite Insight mobile app aims to teach users about satellite data collection and give them a fun gaming experience at the same time. It fails on both counts, our reviewers said. Players of the Tetris-like game are instructed to...

We the People petitioners typically wait three months for a reply

January 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On average, it takes White House officials nearly three months to pen responses to citizen petitions filed on its We the People website, once those petitions cross the threshold for an official reply. The average wait time dropped markedly, though, after the White House raised its threshold for a petition...