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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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...

CIO's Office Re-launches IT Dashboard

March 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday launched an updated version of its two-year-old Federal IT Dashboard, which was created to better track government technology spending. The re-launched dashboard includes more detail about supporting projects that were previously rolled in with their parent projects, according to a blog post...

GAO Launches iPhone, iPad App

March 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office unveiled an iPhone and iPad application on Tuesday that links to mobile versions of all its reports, podcasts, videos and congressional testimony. The watchdog agency created the app because more people were visiting online versions of its reports and testimonies on smartphones and tablets, according to...

Dot-gov reforms clash with transparency objectives

March 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Among the several thousand federal websites likely to be shuttered as part of the government's massive dot-gov reform plan, count this one: Extensible Markup Language, or XML, is an extremely simple Web document language that is especially responsive to search queries and easy for other computer programs to read....

Open Government vs. Open Data

March 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new research paper by Harlan Yu and David Robinson does an excellent job of tracing the history of the open government and open data movements and the way the two have been conflated, especially since the beginning of the Obama administration. The authors do a good job of explaining...

Upward Bound

March 1, 2012 Cloud computing has the power to break down office walls by allowing teleworkers to be just as productive as their office-bound peers, advocates say. Others predict it will break the tyranny of the email inbox, replacing it with more collaborative communications and tear down procurement barriers that have kept federal...

GSA bans agencies from sending electronics to landfills

March 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Karen Tam/AP A General Services Administration bulletin released Thursday bans federal agencies from disposing of used electronics in landfills or incinerators. The bulletin also directs agencies to send electronics that are no longer functioning to third-party recyclers, which should increase business for the e-waste industry, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson said...

Tech Roundup

March 1, 2012 Taking The Lead The Homeland Security Department is taking over a heralded Pentagon project that shared classified intelligence with select military contractors and their communications providers. The new arrangement puts DHS, the civilian agency responsible for facilitating the protection of private critical infrastructure, in charge of communicating with private Internet...

A Crowdsourced Tribute to Syria's Victims

February 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Once conflict reporting became a crowdsourced affair, perhaps it was inevitable that tributes to those conflicts' victims would be managed by the masses as well. The folks over at the Voice of America's Middle East Voices site recently launched a Faces of the Fallen page where people inside Syria can...

Cloud computing may disrupt your workplace -- in a good way

February 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cloud computing has the power to break down office walls by allowing teleworkers to be just as productive as their office-bound peers, advocates say. Others predict it will break the tyranny of the email inbox, replacing it with more collaborative communications and tear down procurement barriers that have kept federal...

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