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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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Data.gov Launches a New Consumer Community

February 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been updated. The team at Data.gov launched its 16th data community on Monday, this one focused on government-gathered data that may be valuable to consumers. The consumer community includes about 500 datasets ranging from census reports to a feed of child product recalls. Most previous Data.gov communities...

The State of the Union Goes Interactive

February 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House is planning a series of digital follow-ons to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, including a tool called Citizen Response that people can use to share specific parts of the speech through social media. People using Citizen Response will also be able to send the Obama...

GSA Seeks Governmentwide Mobile Device Management Contracts

February 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration is seeking governmentwide contracts with vendors who can ensure the security of federal employees’ smartphones and tablets and the applications that run on them, solicitation documents show. The agency is looking for vendors with mobile device management and mobile applications management tools that agencies can tack...

Agencies Will Shutter Nearly 400 Data Centers Before October

February 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government has shuttered 420 data centers since 2010, 38 of them in the past 10 weeks, according to updated figures the Office of Management and Budget released Friday. Agencies plan to close 396 more centers by the end of September, according to a spreadsheet posted to the government open...

Government Culture Inhibits Shared Services

February 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology has finally caught up with the will to share services more efficiently in government but federal agencies’ siloed and cautious culture is still a major impediment, the senior adviser to the government’s Chief Information Officers Council said Thursday. It’s difficult to convene CIOs from across the government to sort...

First White House Petition Crosses Raised Response Threshold

February 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The first petition posted to the White House’s We the People website has crossed the threshold to receive an official administration response since that bar was raised in January. The White House’s Digital Strategy Office raised the threshold from 25,000 signatures in one month to 100,000 signatures in one month,...

Contacting lawmakers at the click of a button

February 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Writing to your legislator used to actually mean…well, writing to your legislator. Then it meant emailing. Now the state of Washington is taking things one step further by letting people write to their lawmakers by commenting directly on a piece of proposed legislation. The system asks for a commenter’s address...

When the people speak, is anyone listening?

February 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House’s online petition website We the People showcased both unity and division as 2012 came to a close. Division came first. In the weeks after President Obama’s reelection in November 2012, citizens from all 50 states took to the site to demand permission to secede from the union....

White House plans to release We the People 2.0

February 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House developers are planning an updated version of their popular We the People petition site that will allow petitioners to collect signatures from external websites and submit them en masse, officials said Tuesday. The 2.0 version of We the People also will allow non-government developers to retrieve machine-readable data...

What government can learn from House of Cards

February 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Alongside the legitimate excitement about how the Netflix-produced, online-only dramatic series House of Cards might change how we consume TV shows, there’s been a minor hubbub about the big data behind the streaming service’s original production. In a November article, Wired detailed how Netflix mined its customers’ viewing habits to...