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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Fraud can’t be stopped with data alone

June 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Powerful new data analysis tools can spot suspicious patterns and root out fraud in everything from defense contracts to student loan applications, a collection of federal auditors and technologists said Tuesday. Effectively using those tools, though, will require smart humans not just smart computers, panelists said at a conference on...

Clicks and Mortar…But Mostly Mortar

June 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Roberto Baldwin over at Wired has pulled together a hilarious compilation of TV ads from the dot-com bubble, all from Web-based companies that met their end sometime in the late ‘90s or early 2000s. One of the most striking revelations -- other than that Whoopi Goldberg can be a little...

The truth behind transparency

June 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Put a handful of media reports from the days before Sunshine Week in March next to a series of White House blog entries on keeping citizens informed and you might think they’re talking about two different governments. The journalists tell a story of un-answered Freedom of Information Act requests, evasive...

New Top-Level Domains Could Give the Internet More Structure

June 8, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With just days to go before the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is expected to release its list of new top-level domain applications, news is starting to dribble out about what the list will include. Among the over 19,000 new top-level domains will be four from Dot Registry...

Timelines Might be the Next Big Thing in Congressional Advocacy

June 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As congressional advocacy campaigns go, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., may have struck gold when his staffers hit on the idea of using Facebook’s Timeline feature to gather and display evidence of wrongdoing. Carper’s chosen topic, though -- the House’s failure to vote on postal service reform -- may not do...

Agencies touting IT reform at 18 months

June 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies published a slew of blog posts to the government’s Web page Tuesday detailing efforts to improve their information technology management 18 months after the largest IT reform initiative in decades. As of 9 a.m., the Energy, Interior and Commerce departments had posted updates as had the General Services...

Census to launch API for demographic, economic app builders next month

June 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Census Bureau plans to launch an application programming interface in the next month that will stream its data straight to developers, Stephen Buckner, director of the bureau’s Center for New Media and Promotion, said Monday. Developers will be able to use data from the APIs to build apps that...

Politicians: They’re Just Like Us!

June 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow They experiment with low carb diets; they have embarassing hobbies; and apparently their Twitter accounts get hijacked by botnets too. The Sunlight Foundation launched Politwoops Thursday, a ticker of deleted Tweets from national politicians’ Twitter accounts. The big action Friday morning was with Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., whose account was...

Requesting public documents is about to get easier

June 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In early 2009, around the same time the Obama administration was pushing federal agencies to be more responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests, a handful of people at the Environmental Protection Agency had an idea. In 2002, EPA had been the lead agency developing, an online portal for...

Tech Roundup

June 1, 2012 Crime Stopper The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is shopping for crime forecasting technology to predict where gun violence may occur so that ATF can intercede before it happens. The Justice Department in April issued a solicitation for a system “designed to accurately identify the risk of personal...

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