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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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So Who Actually Used Megaupload? Feds and Senate Staff, Founder Says.

March 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Among the Megaupload users who lost access to their data when the Justice Department shut the file sharing site down in January were some Justice employees and U.S. Senate staffers, the site's founder Kim Dotcom told the blog Torrentfreak in a Monday post. Justice officials seized the file sharing site, ...

Cloud will change intelligence community's business model

March 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cloud computing has the power to not only change the way the federal intelligence community manages information technology, but also to fundamentally change agencies' business models, according to a report released Tuesday. That change will be effective, however, only if intelligence agencies are prepared to modify their own organizational cultures ...

NASA's App Challenge Takes to the Stars

March 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA's new application-building challenge can boast one thing no other agency can top: participants aboard the International Space Station. The space station is included in a list of locations where volunteer developers will be participating in the challenge. A presumably tongue-in-cheek note explains "transportation will not be provided." The apps ...

Interior to Buy New iPads 'or equal'

March 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Interior Department's National Business Center is wasting no time prepping its order for the new, third-generation iPads, set to be released at the end of the week. The center posted a presolicitation notice Friday saying it intends to buy at least 20 of the new tablets "or equal." It ...

Big data meets interested government

March 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Intelligence agencies increasingly are looking beyond the satellite photos and secret reports upon which they've traditionally relied for insight into U.S. adversaries' actions and are turning to data-crunching algorithms that can sift through massive piles of disparate information, such as GPS reports, social media posts and online images, said Amr ...

What's the Power of a Meme?

March 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The viral success of a 30-minute video detailing the crimes of Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony has sparked two major debates online. The first, laid out in great detail by our colleagues at The Atlantic, is whether the organization that produced the video, Invisible Children, is really the best ...

Obama taps former health care executive to become new CTO

March 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health and Human Services Department Chief Technology Officer Todd Park will be the next federal CTO, replacing Aneesh Chopra, the White House announced Friday. Park made millions in healthcare technology before joining HHS in 2009. He initially was hired as the department's "entrepreneur in residence." According to a June 2011 ...

Former federal CIO presses for social government

March 8, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. Former federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, once the greatest proponent of cloud technology in government, has declared victory and moved on. As the information technology vendor Salesforce.com's new executive vice president for emerging markets, Kundra said he's now focused instead on the way social ...

When Big Data Meets Big Politics

March 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Companies are increasingly crunching "big data" culled from your Web search history, email traffic and social networking sites to micro-target you with advertisements that fit your age, gender and even shopping preferences. But companies aren't the only ones getting personal online. Political campaigns also are learning as much as they ...

Online privacy must be cooperative, official says

March 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, unveiled in February, was formulated as a voluntary document largely because the Internet is developing faster than the government's ability to regulate it, a White House official said Wednesday. "The average cycle time at the [Federal Communications Commission] is about six years for the ...